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Workaholic Striving for Balance Ahhh, Summer.

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It’s my most favorite time of year. Being born and raised in Las Vegas, I’m quite accustomed to the dry heat. Sure, there are windy days when it feels like a hair dryer is blowing all over our valley, but there is a good side to that: We get to relax by the pool! Starting on page 32, we feature one-piece swimsuits. Yes ladies, ONE-piece swimsuits. They have made a comeback and let me tell you, my tummy thanks the fashion world for that. As Laura Coronado says in the article, “A one-piece swimsuit can be stylish, stunning Photo by Connie Palen Photoworks and sexy.” I am so looking forward to a summer when the one-piece is officially as cool as the bikini. To accompany this summer’s pool festivities, we’ve featured light, refreshing drinks that will keep you in swimsuit shape—they are low calorie. On page 30, check out a few drink recipes that include the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Daiquiri Scandal. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? You can see that this issue of Las Vegas Woman Magazine is entertaining and is right in line with the enjoyable time of the summer season. However, we are always committed to featuring our community of incredible women. As you flip through the pages, you will find over 50 women in our valley making huge strides in their professional and personal careers. Balance is the key between work and play. And coming from a selfdiagnosed workaholic, like me, it’s good to remind ourselves to stop, smell the roses and relax by the pool every once and a while (in our new one-piece suit!). To Educate, Entertain & Inspire,

Tammy Shaw Publisher Las Vegas Woman

TO EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN & INSPIRE

Publisher/CEO Tammy Shaw @TammyShawWoman Contributing Editors Regina Arnold Jennifer Florendo Debbie Hall VP of Sales & Marketing Ruth Lauber Chief executive to the publisher Jason Carter Contributing Writers Regina Arnold • Martha Batorski, EdD Laura Coronado • Lisa Ferguson Katherine Fernelius • Jennifer Florendo April Fried • Debbie Hall • Emily Knight Nikki Lundberg • Mae Loftus • Priya A. Mathew Marcia Pledger • Andeen Rose • Rev. Thabiti Dao Vu Photographers Joe Buda • Connie Palen Tim Hancock • Sjodin Photography Shane O’Neal Art | Creative 702west • 702west.com

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Las Vegas Woman Summer 2013

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Henderson International School

Opening Minds to All Possibilities

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Roseman University

Educating Our Nurses for Today and the Future

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Social Media

The New Headhunter for Job Seekers

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Erin Lee Truman Hutchison Steffen

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Stays Active for Great Causes

Remembering Josh Stevens by Spreading the Importance of Kindness 53 Beth Fisher Returns to Work After Taking Five Years Off to Start Her Family

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Jewelry by Ben Gioielli & Co. - Fine & Vintage Jewelry

Improving Mental Performance

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Fearless Females Renee Coffman Shelly Johnson Darcy Walker-Fitch Dr. Alexandra Walsh

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Local Ladies In The City Mars vs. Venus

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2013-2014 SEASON | SUBSCRIBE TODAY Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil ® present

A CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE Photo by Alicia Lee

October 6 & 13, 2013

This critically acclaimed collaboration by Cirque du Soleil ® and Nevada Ballet Theatre is presented at Treasure Island’s Mystère Theatre.

SWAN LAKE Act II and SLEEPING BEAUTY Act III (Aurora’s Wedding) Photo by Virginia Trudeau

November 1 & 2, 2013

In November, ballet’s greatest love stories take the stage set to the timeless scores of legendary composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

THE NUTCRACKER Illustration by Brian Swanson

December 14 – 22, 2013

Experience the cherished holiday classic of The Nutcracker. The first production of its kind built for the Reynolds Hall stage featuring grand sets, costumes and the choreography of Artistic Director James Canfield.

THE STUDIO SERIES: Outside In Photo by Virginia Trudeau

March 27 – 30, 2014

The Studio Series gives audiences a rare glimpse into the essence of dance, as our dancers perform commissioned works and original pieces within the intimate setting of the Troesh Studio Theater.

SPRING FINALE Photo by Stacey Torma

May 9 & 10, 2014

Don’t miss this emotionally charged program as NBT crescendos to a grand finale featuring celebrated artists.

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Saturday June 1, 4 to 8 p.m. It is the fourth annual Brews & Blues Festival offering food and beers from local, regional, domestic and international brewers at the Springs Preserve, a national historic site and cultural and educational facility located three miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Live entertainment will be provided by Twice as Good, Scott Rhiner & The Moanin’ Blacksnakes, The Diane Kallay Band and Dennis Jones. Entry includes sampling mug and unlimited samples. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at gate. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to indoor, climate-controlled brewers lounge with beer samples and food. For more information, visit www.springspreserve.org.

Thursday to Sunday, May 16-19: Helldorado Days recaptures the spirit of the Wild West with a four-day festival filled with outdoor community events including America’s original extreme sport, a professional rodeo, along with a carnival, parade and entertainment. The annual Helldorado Parade will be held Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. The event, produced by the Elks Lodge #1468, donates 100 percent of the ticket proceeds to children and veterans charitable organizations in Southern Nevada. Tickets and event information is available at elkshelldorado.com.

Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Tenors will perform in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center with the release of their new album, “Lead With Your Heart.” The Canadian quartet have performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), for Her Majesty The Queen, the live broadcast of the 2011 Emmy Awards, at the opening ceremonies of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics and for the NBA, MLB and NHL All-Star Games. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada’s national treasure. For more information and tickets, visit thesmithcenter.com. 14

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Thursday, July 4, 8:30 a.m.: The 19th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will be held to celebrate Independence Day with more than 40,000 people expected to attend. The parade features more than 60 entries including traditional floats, Macy’s-style giant helium balloons, bands and performing groups and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. The main event begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade will end at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane. For more information, call The Summerlin Council at 702.341.5500. May 29-July 16: The 44th World Series of Poker 2013 will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Poker stars and spectators are invited to the annual World Series of Poker 2013 Las Vegas championship for more than a month of high-stakes gaming. The winner has been known to take home more than $8 million; the Big One for One Drop, a charity poker tournament at the WSOP, awarded the winner more than $18 million.


July 18-21: The Las Vegas Film Festival will be held at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino offering a variety of film screenings from Oscarwinning films to world premieres, exclusive celebrity tributes and interviews, interactive panel discussions, a screenplay competition, red carpet parties, a filmmaker reception, as well as a closing night ceremony and awards. The festival showcases feature films, shorts, foreign films, documentaries, animation, music videos, television pilots, a Nevada filmmakers showcase, experimental films and screenplay competition. For more information, visit lvfilmfest.com.

May-June: The 24th season of the Clark County Parks and Recreation County Jazz in the Park free concert series will feature the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo, which has invited the first three artists to perform with them: Dee Dee Bridgewater on May 11, The Jeff Hamilton Trio on May 18 and Tom Scott on May 25. The series continues with Earl Klugh on June 1 and Pete Escovedo on June 8. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food vendors also will be available. Parking is free. For more information, call the Clark County Parks and Recreation at 702.455.8200 or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks. Friday-Sunday, Aug 9-11: The Neighborhood Awards (formerly The Hoodie Awards) created by talk show host and entertainer Steve Harvey honors local businesses, religious/neighborhood leaders, churches and high schools for their contributions as well as excellence within their own neighborhoods. Along with the awards show; concerts, parties and a golf tournament will be held. The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast live Friday morning and Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo will showcase live product demonstrations, product sampling and free giveaways for Neighborhood Awards attendees. For ticket sales and more information, visit neighborhoodawards.com.

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Centennial Hills Children’s Arts Festival is is a free festival to be held at Centennial Hills Park and Amphitheatre. Participants will enjoy award-winning musicians including Aaron Nigel Smith, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players and Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band. Other performers include the Nevada School of the Arts, Broadway in the Hood, the West Las Vegas Arts Center Drum Ensemble, and DJ Tony. Children will participate in make-and-take art activities, interactive demonstrations in drama, music and dance as the experience “The Zone.” Other activities include jump houses, face painting, balloon artists, circus clowns, petting zoos, chalk on the walk, a recycling demonstration and workshop. The festival also will include a marketplace with a mix of local family-oriented businesses, organizations and food vendors. Call 702.229.6383 or visit www. artslasvegas.org for more information.

Through Labor Day, daily 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian presents the traveling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” which showcases some of National Geographic’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its 125-year history, such as Steve McCurry’s unforgettable “Afghan Girl,” Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee and Thomas Abercrombie’s incomparable view of Mecca. Additionally, documentary videos throughout the exhibition tell the stories behind the photographs and the photographers who shot them. For more information, call 702.414.9000 or visit venetian.com.

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Sunday, June 23rd BBQ at The Ranch, 11am-1pm Please join us for our Summer BBQ at New Vista’s Ranch as we celebrate our valued volunteers, community partners, and supported individuals.

Friday, July 12th Enjoy a night filled with beautiful people as we auction off Las Vegas’ most generous and gorgeous singles to benefit New Vista.

2013 EVENT SCHEDULE Lake Las Vegas Saturday, November 9th Doors for VIP Ticket Holders 1:00 PM Doors for General Admission Ticket Holders 2:00 PM Brew’s Best has become Southern Nevada’s favorite craft beer event attracting local and regional brewers to come pour their unique creations for your taste bud pleasure! Enjoy over 100 hand-crafted brews by local and regional breweries at this biannual festival. All guests receive their souvenir mug, tasting guide and unlimited samples while supplies last. For details on which brewers are participating visit www.BrewsBest.com.

Las Vegas’ Favorite wine tasting series the Wine Walk will celebrate its 9th year in 2013! Join us to sample up to 20 different wines on the dates below. Certain dates will include additional wines or specialty stations and you can visit www. WineWalkLV.com for details.

SPRING DATES Lake Las Vegas

FALL DATES Lake Las Vegas

Town Square

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Saturday, April 6th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 25th

Sunday, August 25th Spanish Trails Golf Course Enjoy a round of golf at the exclusive Spanish Trails Golf Club while supporting New Vista! All entries include goodie bag, surprise golfer gifts, light breakfast, on course snacks and limited alcoholic beverages and awards luncheon to follow. For more information, sponsorships or pricing contact 702-457-4677 ext. 127.

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Saturday, September 21st Saturday, October 12th

Golf Tournament

Saturday, October 5th JW Marriott in Summerlin The first annual Cocktails & Canvas, Live Collaborative Art Event opened to rave reviews by our guests and artists. Join us in 2013 to see local artists create a dozen collaborative art works before your very eyes as you enjoy small bites by our restaurant partners and live music by several local musicians. Last years’ feature canvas was a Fisker Karma super car; make sure you are here to see what exotic canvas New Vista’s team will come up with for this year.

For more information on these events or sponsorships visit www.NewVistaNV.org or call 702-457-4677.

Saturday, September 7th Saturday, October 26th

All Wine Walks are from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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ARTS Guide By Katherine Fernelius

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hen was the last time you saw good art? For me, it was just days ago. I know you’ve heard this from me before, but it doesn’t make it less true. More and more galleries are opening, more talent is being shown around the city, and as this trend continues, the community continues to grow and unite. It is amazing to see and feel a part of this art movement. For our Summer Arts Guide, I decided to focus on a downtown gallery that is committed to showing excellent art and participating in the growth of the Las Vegas art scene and community. I encourage you to not only visit the gallery, but to learn more about the owner; I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. Amanda Harris, owner, Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art When did your gallery open? We first opened our doors in late November 2011. The gallery was originally built to showcase the works of Wess Dahl-Berg, who had moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles to paint the Nocturnal Landscapes, images of the desert at night. We left the windows to the street covered to preserve the paintings and to control the lighting. In July 2012, Dahl-Berg’s show ended and by September 2012, the windows were uncovered and we had our second show, “Pop, Locked and Loaded” by local artists Juan Muniz and Dillon Boy.

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“My favorite part of the Las Vegas arts scene is the sense of community. We get so much support from other gallery owners, artists and others…”

What made you want to open the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art? It’s always been my dream to have my own gallery. I studied art history in college in Boston. I spent my junior year abroad in Florence, where my focus was on Renaissance art throughout Italy and Europe. I returned to Italy after graduating. To improve my Italian, I audited art history classes at the local university, Universita’ di Firenze. Throughout my travels and my studies, visiting museums and learning about local art has always been a priority. When I moved to Las Vegas in 2007, I had hoped to work in a museum. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an option, but the idea of owning my own gallery never left me. I started talking about it a lot with Sam Cherry, who is into contemporary art and design, and Michael Vakneen, who was raised in Los Angeles by his art-dealer mother. Through Michael’s mom, we met Dahl-Berg and decided to turn the empty space in Soho lofts into a gallery. Even though I’ve wanted this since high school (I fell in love with art when I saw a picture of Florence’s Duomo during my first art history class), the gallery itself happened very organically. Does your gallery have a specific philosophy or focus? There are so many artists out there, so our priority is showing work by those who are doing something unique. I have to love the work as well, which is completely subjective. It’s also a priority to show artists who we believe will spend their lives making work, so that they will develop and grow. We’ll show local artists or those from out of state, as long as it’s something we feel connected to. With the Lady Silvia next door to the gallery, it lends itself to being a place where people can view art, and then go next door and have a drink and discuss it with others. I want the shows we do to be provocative and to challenge the viewers. We’ve had five shows so far, and we’re planning several more shows and events that we hope will continue to spark dialogue.

What has been your favorite show at the gallery? From November 2012 through January 2013, we showed “Success,” by Los Angeles street artist Benjamin Alejandro. Alejandro’s work is youthful, bright and urban. On top of that, he is a very humble and kind person and it was so much fun to give him the chance to put together his first solo gallery show. Though he lives in Los Angeles, his mom lives here in Vegas, and when she came to the show it was the first time she was exposed to this part of his life. She was shocked to see a photograph of a billboard in Los Angeles that he had graffiti’d. It was hilarious! We’re planning another show with him at the end of the year.

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What’s been your favorite show in Las Vegas? I was really impressed by Miguel Rodriguez’ show at Trifecta Gallery in 2011. He’s a talented sculptor, and I enjoy his work. Also, I’m loving the Koons’ “Tulips” at the Wynn right now. What’s your favorite part of being a part of the Las Vegas arts scene? My favorite part of the Las Vegas arts scene is the sense of community. We get so much support from other gallery owners, artists and others who come to our shows and special events. I also love that there are new galleries and studios opening up right now. It’s great to see so much action and to be part of the growth. What’s one thing people may not know about the Las Vegas arts scene? Preview Thursday is still under the radar, but it’s a lot of fun. The night before First Friday the galleries stay open late. It’s a good chance to come downtown, experience all of the art and fun (we have food trucks out front and live music or DJ’s, for example), but without the crowds of First Friday. This is definitely a hidden gem in the arts district.

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Bacchanal Buffet

Back in the day, Bacchanal at Caesars Palace was the ultimate in gourmet dining. In the 21st century, Bacchanal has returned as the new $17 million Bacchanal Buffet: An over-the-top feast created by a team of master chefs, offering more than 500 items with classic favorites such as made-to-order omelets, seafood and roasted meats, and regional comfort food like breakfast pizzas, red velvet pancakes, woodfired Neapolitan pizzas, Chinese dim sum, and roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits. Bacchanal Buffet features nine globally inspired kitchens with views of the Garden of the Gods pool complex from a 25,000-square-foot dining room. Hours of operation: Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 7 to 11 a.m. Brunch: Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Daily, 3 to 10 p.m. Caesars Palace 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 • 702.731.7110 caesarspalace.com/restaurants/bacchanal-buffet

Photo by Joe Buda

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill has returned to Las Vegas’ dining scene with a new look and feel. The ZAGAT award- winning, polished and casual restaurant brings its wood-grilled fish, seafood and chops, innovative sauces and indulgent desserts to one of Southern Nevada’s top dining and shopping destinations, Las Vegas Town Square. The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week: Monday through Friday, from 4 to 10:30 p.m., 12 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Happy Hour specials will be available Sunday through Thursday, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. While reservations are not required, they are recommended.

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6527 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.407.0980 bonefishgrill.com

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo features modern Mexican cuisine with a wide variety of options including vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. Under the direction of Executive Chef Damon Workman, the menu includes Camaron poblano asada with sautéed shrimp, mushrooms, onions and jack cheese inside a grilled poblano pepper wrapped in carne asada steak and served on a bed of chimichurri sauce. Its top shelf guacamole, a mix of the freshest ingredients and Haas avocados, is prepared to order, table side and served with warm tortilla chips. Desserts include Mexican brownie and mango tres leches. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour specials are offered Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 110 Las Vegas, NV 89145 702.202.4511 cantinalaredo.com

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Eat Downtown Las Vegas

The name says it all. Chef Natalie Young, with more than 20 years experience at several major Las Vegas properties, was ready to leave Southern Nevada when fate stepped in. Instead, she opened up Eat serving breakfast and lunch with a philosophy of “good food for good people, made with love in downtown Las Vegas.” Eat also supports local farmers, vendors, artists, charities and other organizations that share its vision of a happy, healthy downtown.

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The menu offers made from scratch American comfort food, soups, sandwiches, salads and breakfast items such as truffled egg sandwich, chicken fried steak with two eggs, shrimp and grits or tofu scramble. Hours of operations are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 707 Carson Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.534.1515 eatdowntownlv.com

Pink Box Doughnuts

This is not your mother’s donut shop. Creating sophisticated treats with the right blend of bready texture and pastry, there is a reason it is doughnuts and not donut. Some of the doughnuts offered include the Fat Elvis made with a chocolate, caramelized banana on top and peanut butter inside. Date With a Nutty Pig is a glazed doughnut with a bacon wrapped date. Campfire S’mores doughnuts bring back camp memories with blow-torched marshmallows, chocolate and graham cracker crumbs on top. The Sweet Potato doughnut is a cake doughnut with sweet potato flavor and a light glaze.

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Be prepared that it is a donut shop in appearance and ambiance, but its food and coffee more than make up for it. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oscar’s Beef * Booze * Broads

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman continues his goal of revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas and adds restaurateur after his name with his Oscar’s Beef * Booze * Broads steakhouse inside the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Located in the dome which overlooks Fremont Street, the decor includes memorabilia from Goodman’s 12year tenure as mayor along with photographs of old school Las Vegas. Oscar’s features aged steaks, fish, lobster, and made-from-scratch sides. Adjacent to the steakhouse is Oscar’s bar serving a variety of cocktails, including the former mayor’s signature drink, martinis. Live entertainment is part of the ambiance on weekends.

7531 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89128 702.478.7465 pinkboxdoughnuts.com

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Public House Las Vegas

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Public House Las Vegas at Luxor is a 7,000-square-foot venue offering American fare and an extensive beer selection. Along with watching favorite sports teams on one of the 27 flat-panel TVs, guests can also enjoy a special Skinny Girl menu. The menu is offered every Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight with special cocktails such as fizzy tangerine martini, made with Skinny Girl tangerine vodka, triple sec, orange slices, and champagne or Cucumber Mint Mojito made with Skinny Girl cucumber vodka, mint, cucumber, lime, simple syrup, lime juice, and soda water. Healthy bites include grilled chicken salad, roasted turkey and avocado and grilled chicken vegetable wrap. Hours of operation is Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m. to midnight Luxor Hotel and Casino 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-262-4525 publichouselasvegas.com

The Salted Lime

The Salted Lime at Aliante Casino & Hotel centers around a giant margarita bar with more than 1,000 bottles as part of its “chandelier.” But more than the décor, Chef George Jacquez has created a menu featuring authentic south of the border items including skirt steak marinated in garlic and cilantro, three-cheese quesadillas and oversized flautas stuffed with choice of chicken Photo or beef. by Carlos Larios The restaurant and bar is open for dinner seven days a week: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., (bar open to 10 p.m.); Friday 4 to 10 p.m. (bar open to 11 p.m.); Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. (bar open noon to 11 p.m.) and Sunday 4 to 9 p.m. (bar open noon to 10 p.m.) Visit online for promotions and specials. Aliante Casino & Hotel 7300 N. Aliante Parkway North Las Vegas, NV 89084 702.692.7777 aliantegaming.com/dine Photo by Joe Buda

Wildburger

With locations at Wildfire Sunset, Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Lanes and Wildfire Rancho, Wildburger is a quick-service restaurant. Diners first select a preferred bun, including its signature brioche, then a protein including its signature Angus beef, turkey, chicken or veggie patty option. Toppings include aged craft cheeses, grilled portobello mushrooms, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, signature slaw and pickled onions. Other items on the menu include chicken wings (from mild to spicy), foot-long hot dogs, homemade chili, fries and fried onions. Breakfast includes its breakfast skillet with an Angus patty, cheese, eggs, ham and home fries. Wildburger offers 25 types of bottled beer such as PBR and Schlitz and micro-brews such as Wasatch White Ale and Tenaya Creek Calico Brown. Open 24/7, its full menu is also available at the casino bars along with takeout service. Multiple locations: Wildfire Sunset, Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Lanes and Wildfire Rancho wildfiregaming.com 28

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Smirnoff Sorbet Light Light refreshing drinks perfect for summer

By Regina Arnold

Keep trim this summer while enjoying these refreshingly light cocktails. With only 78 calories per serving, Smirnoff Sorbet Light brings three new fullflavored, sorbet-inspired flavors: raspberry pomegranate, mango passion fruit and lemon sorbet. The natural fruit flavor blends perfectly with Smirnoff No. 21 vodka creating a smooth delightful taste experience.

Try these delicious low-calorie drink recipes for a fun flirty evening with friends. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Sorbet Sunset Spritz 1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon 2 ½ ounces diet lemon-lime soda 1 ½ ounces pomegranate juice In an ice-filled highball glass, add ingredients and stir. Calories: 106 Carbohydrates: 8.3 grams

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Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Daiquiri Scandal 1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fruit 1 ounce simple syrup or agave nectar 1 ounce lime juice Build all ingredients in a small cocktail glass over ice. Calories: 131 Carbohydrates: 16 grams

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Couture Cosmo 1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate 2 ounces cranberry juice Splash of lime juice Lime wedge for garnish In an ice-filled shaker, combine all ingredients and mix well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Calories: 107 Carbohydrates: 8.3 grams 30

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Sponsored by Lee’s Discount Liquor, with 17 locations in Southern Nevada (including one in Mesquite, Nev.). For locations, hours and more information, visit leesliquorlv.com.

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Kendall Jackson-Avant Chardonnay Kendall Jackson has continuously impressed with their innovation and consistency. Their refreshing Avant Chardonnay has perfect layers of tropical fruit, Fuji apples and wildflowers. The slight mineral notes create a perfect complexity for a balanced and delightful California Chardonnay. Perfect for entertaining guests or as an unforgettable gift. $11.99

Allure Pink Moscato Sparkling The apropos naming of this most effervescent libation is no accident. Its alluring disposition goes far beyond its delightful rosy complexion, and will satisfy any sweet tooth. The delicate bubbles release flavors of apricots, peach and fresh mint leaves. $9.99

Robert Eymael Monchhof Riesling Treat yourself to one of this summer’s most refreshing Rieslings. This wine captures notes of tangerine and apricots. The bright fruit aromas are reminiscent of fresh-squeezed orange juice, a perfect brunch pairing. $11.99

Ribbonwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Our friends from the land down under have revitalized this varietal once again. The traditional aromas of rich minerals and New Zealand earthiness are perfectly balanced with passion fruit and grapefruit for a refreshing summer beverage. $8.99

Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc Sonoma Fume Blanc, known for its subtle elegance, this “anytime wine” will make a statement at any social gathering. Notes of citrus, mango, kiwi, and lime aromas are complemented by flavors of vanilla, guava and grapefruit in Ferrari-Carano’s Fumé Blanc. $10.99

Flip Flop Bubbly Chardonnay This crowd-pleasing bubbly beverage is perfect for every party. Take it to the lake, bring it to the barbecues or enjoy it relaxing by the pool. Pineapple and ripe mango will send your taste buds into their own tropical paradise, just add an umbrella. $4.99

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Poolside

Panache By Laura Coronado

One-piece swimsuits and statement sunglasses set the scene for summer

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ong overshadowed by the itsy bitsy bikini, the iconic onepiece swimsuit is making a defiant and definite comeback this summer with a fashionably fierce vengeance. What’s uncertain is who deserves the credit for its return. It could be the countless curvy celebrities, such as Beyoncé, Christina Hendricks and Sofia Vergara, who have been making a splash by sporting the swimsuit in public. Of course, designers are following suit by adding the one-piece look to their summer collections. But when one considers that the average dress size of American women is 14, which, let’s face it, is not always flattered by a bikini, it would appear that the market itself is responsible for dictating this new trend. Ladies, rejoice! Your rebellion against the bikini has worked. Whether you are looking to camouflage some stretch marks or a notso-taut tummy, this summer’s one-piece swimsuit has got you covered. And, yes, a one-piece swimsuit can be stylish, stunning and sexy. From asymmetrical one-shoulder designs to tantalizing cutouts to plunging necklines, this year’s maillot has been modernized. Good news: This is not your mother’s one piece. However, your look will not be complete without the right pair of eye-catching eyewear. This season’s sunglasses make a bold statement. Shop for oversize shapes and bright colors. According to eyewear expert and chief designer at Morgenthal Frederics, Jeff Press, you should look to the past to influence your purchase. He says, “Retro styling continues to be a major trend that drives the industry. For this season, look for mirrored lenses to be a big look from many brands, as the ’80s inspired look has never been hotter.” More often than not, shopping for sunglasses can cause almost as much anxiety as shopping for a bikini, but Press reports that it doesn’t have to be that way. “Stay within your personal style goals,” the expert instructs. “Straying into a look that makes you feel totally uncomfortable is unwise. Look for something that looks great and feels great. Remember, sunglasses are your most important accessory, and they need to please you for function and fashion.” It’s important to consider the shape of your face when shopping for shades. Press advises to use fashion eyewear to create contrast and pretty angles. “For instance, complementing an oval face is generally easy, as most shapes work well, but a nice angular sunglass style in square or rectangle creates a fantastic overall profile,” he states. For a round face, the expert says to avoid rounded sunglasses and shop for angular-shaped eyewear; however, a squared face does need the softness that a rounded pair of sunglasses provides. “Heart-shaped faces work well with aviators, but in reality, a good aviator is a nice direction for all faces,” confirms Press. So as you put together your poolside look this summer, go for sex kitten glamour with one-piece swimsuits topped off with statement-making sunglasses and enjoy your sunny season in comfort and confidence.

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Valentino Cat-Eye Frames, $295, Saks Fifth Avenue

Kate Spade New York Della Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $138, Neiman Marcus

Prada Retro Pink Marble Acetate Frames, $310, Saks Fifth Avenue

Robert Cavalli Serpent Open-Temple Sunglasses, $290, Neiman Marcus

Morgenthal Frederics Raquel, $395, Optica

Prada Hexagon Sunglasses, $430, Neiman Marcus

Morgenthal Frederics Farrah, $395, Optica Morgenthal Frederics Brigitte, $395, Optica

Morgenthal Frederics Sophia, $395, Optica


Laundry by Shelli Segal Riviera Asymmetrical One-Piece, $128, Everything But Water

Laundry by Shelli Segal Pleated Solids One-Piece, $128, Everything But Water

Laundry by Shelli Segal Desert Rain One-Piece, $124, Everything But Water Tommy Bahama Meridian One-Piece in Pink Martini Floral, $147, Town Square Las Vegas

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Rhea, $890, Miracle Mile Shops

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Volcom Dotted Line One-Piece, $90, Miracle Mile Shops

Tommy Bahama Lace Ahoy V-neck One-Piece, $142, Town Square Las Vegas

Laundry by Shelli Segal Crochet One-Piece, $116, Everything But Water Hervé Léger by Max Azria Nadina, $840, Miracle Mile Shops

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Boe, $740, Miracle Mile Shops

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Veronika, $780, Miracle Mile Shops

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Leona, $740, Miracle Mile Shops

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“How to Chignon” in Five Simple Steps

Create this whimsical look with five easy steps, transforming a day in the office to a night on the town by simply changing your lip color and adding a few lashes. Styled by Andeen Rose of Hair by Andeen Photographed by Tim Hancock of Dream Vision Studios

1 On dry hair apply styling product from root to end. UNITE Eurotherapy Session Whip was used to create this look.

2 Using a ¾ barrel curling iron, set front hair line in large barrel curls and secure using metal duck bills at base; then curl rest of hair letting it fall naturally.

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Once curls are cooled, drop pinned curls, spray UNITE 7SECONDS dry shampoo to add additional texture to the hair; then from side part, begin twisting hair around back of head and secure using large bobby pins.

5 Finish look with UNITE GO365 Hairspray for hold and UNITE SHINA Mist for a beautiful shine.

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De-Tangling the Hairy Controversy Over Conditioner Debunk conditioner confusion; jump head first into summer By April Fried

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e’ve all stood in the local beauty shop or supermarket aisle, glaring at rows of colorful bottles and tubes with promises of hair that will become smooth, luxurious, repaired, fuller and soft. There are hot, innovative advances in hair care right now— including Argan oils and other organic oils—that are all the rage in the beauty industry. These pure, ancient oils are wonderful in repairing damage and are full of hair-loving antioxidants. Why do some conditioners give better results than others? Just as comic geniuses get big laughs on stage when their delivery is spot on; it’s the exact same concept with hair conditioner. It is all about how these nutritive ingredients get delivered into the hair cuticle where it will be most beneficial. In order for these wonderful oils to work in a specific hair type’s favor, buffers are added to conditioners to deliver these nutrients to damaged areas of hair providing nutritive moisture, protection, shine and health. However, these buffers can be very drying on hair over time. Does it ever seem like your conditioner has stopped working? This could be one of the reasons. Companies that manufacture the popular supermarket brands tend to add inexpensive, yet harsh, buffers to help infuse these healing oils into hair by any means possible. These over-the-counter conditioners are made for the masses—they work on everyone who uses them consistently. There is no magic hair genie in these bottles telling its concoction how to work on any specific hair type. This keeps brands affordable, but compromises the quality of hair in the long run; resulting in damaged, dry, brittle hair. So what do most of us do? Go buy the more intensive version of the same brand or switch brands likely getting the same results:

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Fabulous at first, dry and brittle by the bottom of the bottle. Where does the cycle end for total conditioning craziness? Here are some tools of the trade to help turn anybody into a conditioner connoisseur: Look for products that do not contain behentrimonium methosulfate. It lies on top of the hair shaft, weighing it down and preventing anything from penetrating. Make sure the oils in the conditioner are 100 percent pure oils. Hybrid mixtures of synthetic oils can inhibit or even cancel out the reparative attributes. You’re throwing money down the drain with these products. Cheap, blended oils lying on the outer layer of the hair shaft combined with the hot Las Vegas sun equals crispy hair that will continue to fry like an egg in a pan when continually coated, no matter how much you rinse. If you just don’t know, then go pro! A professional, licensed cosmetologist can assist in prescribing a system customized just for you. Most cosmetologists will offer a free consultation or even free samples of new products. When talking to your stylist, let them know your honest hair care concerns. The more honest you are, the better your results will be. Pros are trained to ask the right questions and prescribe what is best for your hair. Good, professional hair care does not have to be confusing or intimidating and, as a result, your hair will look its very best. April Fried is the owner of AtomicApril’s GLAM Studio in Las Vegas. Her professional background in the beauty industry stems back 30 years, both behind the chair and in corporate. She is a contributing writer for various independent trade magazines and is a regular guest on many Las Vegas TV and radio programs. AtomicApril’s GLAM Studio • 7331 West Lake Mead Blvd. • Suite 103 • 702.481.2167 atomicaprilsglam.com


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Wand-erful Today

Who: Eyeko Curvy Brush What (it does): Gives a longlasting curl to your lashes How (it does it): Lifts, fortifies, moisturizes and encourages growth of your lashes. A little dab will do ya’—one intense stroke is enough for a flawless finish Where (to get it): $19, Sephora

By Jennifer Florendo

Lengthening, volumizing, separating, curling … they aren’t the latest viral dance craze, these are just some of the numerous options you have when choosing the right mascara. We put several brands to the test and are happy to share our top picks.

Who: Makeup Forever Smoky Lash What (it does): This waterproof formula delivers volume, length, and intense pigment How (it does it): The tough, dense brush gets to the root of your lashes to ensure a full coat gets applied Where (to get it): $23, Sephora

Who: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes What (it does): Creates the look of falsies with its threestep lash extension system How (it does it): Allows you to dial up the lengthening fibers so you easily get better, longer, thicker, more dramatic lashes instantly Where (to get it): $35, Sephora

Who: Laura Mercier Full Blown What (it does): More drama than an exboyfriend in this tube. Words like super thick, super full, super long and super dark will be your adjectives of choice How (it does it): Innovative bristled bullet-shaped brush works with the advanced natural cotton fiber-infused formula to provide high volume, thickness, suppleness and resistance Where (to get it): $24, Nordstrom

Who: Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara What (it does): Pleasantly plumps lashes while lengthening and curling in one coat How (it does it): Enhances lashes from the inside with hemp seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil and purisilk SPB Where (to get it): $20, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s

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Who: L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara What (it does): Creates lengths even a best friend won’t go to for you How (it does it): Unique lash-hugging brush, which consists of 200 bristles and is shaped specifically to the eyelid to catch every last lash, works together with the Liquid Extension Technology Where (to get it): $9.95, Available at chain drug, food and mass-market retailers

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New U Natural Beauty Brings Out the Best

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t New U Natural Beauty, each patient is treated as unique. Dr. Candice He takes the time to understand each patient’s needs and create an individualized treatment plan that will treat the symptoms and root causes.

Dr. He has successfully treated patients with various skin conditions with a gentle style of acupressure, natural herbs, dietary therapy, Chinese bodywork and exercise. She also emphasizes client education to promote health and wellness. Dr. He combines oriental medicine theory with modern techniques. She also developed a unique set of treatments specialized in skincare, weight loss, acne and allergy treatments. Some of the services offered at New U Natural Beauty include permanent makeup, professional threading services, eyelash extensions, organic skin care, acne permanent cure, face allergy treatment, skin pigmentation and stretch mark removal, ouchless waxing and airbrush tanning. Natural treatments for breast enhancement are also offered through acupressure.

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The He family has been practicing Chinese medicine since 1890, carrying on a trade secret in skin and wellness treatment to the present day. Dr. He has been practicing Chinese herbal medicine for over 35 years; a practice handed down from her grandfather, Dr. He Songjiao. She received her Doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine in 1977 from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, one of China’s most prestigious schools in this field. New U Natural Beauty’s licensed and well-trained staff is dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of service as well as offering a comfortable and relaxing environment while being pampered. For more information visit newulasvegas.com

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Finding with the Little Ones By Emily Knight

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s a mother to two young boys, one of the things I love to do most with my family is find adventures that we can all enjoy. Southern Nevada (and neighboring Utah) is filled with family friendly activities; you just have to know where to look! This summer, plan an adventure with the kids. Let imaginations soar with these fun things to do in and around the Las Vegas Valley.

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For Your Little Archeologist: Grab your archeology tools and head over to Aliante Discovery Park (located at 2600 Nature Park Drive, North Las Vegas, 89084) and let your little ones dig up some dinosaur bones. While they may not actually find bones; they can play in the sand, slide down the gigantic tree house slides and even “hatch” out of a dinosaur egg. During the summer months, there is a wonderful splash pad to cool down while playing in the water. If you have time for a road trip, head out to St. George, Utah, to the Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm. Located about two hours from Las Vegas, this museum would make a perfect day trip for any family. The farm is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 through 11, and children under 4 are free. Kids of all ages will love seeing the fossils, tracks and even remains of these amazing beasts. Dinosaur Discovery is located at 2180 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790. For more info, call 435.574.DINO (3466) or visit dinosite.org For Your Little Pirates: If you see a shovel in your son’s hand and he isn’t digging for dinosaur bones, chances are he is pretending he is a pirate and looking for treasure. What if I told you there is a place in Las Vegas where your child can not only dig for treasure but find some as well? Head over to Kettlemucks Toy Shoppe to find your chest of gold. This toy shop is so much more than just a toy shopping experience! Let kids discover their inner pirate at the Treasure Dig. The Treasure Dig is a sand pit made from recycled milk cartons so it’s safe for kids of all ages. For $5.95, each child is given a pouch to fill with all the toys and gems they find! Kettlemucks is open Monday through Saturday

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from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Kettlemucks Toy Shoppe is located in the Eastern Hills Shopping Center at 10895 Eastern Ave., Suite 120 Henderson, 89052. For more info, visit kettlemuckstoyshoppe.com or call 702.776.8349 for more information. For Your Little Princess: If you have a little girl who loves to feel like a princess, look no further than Ooh La La Girly Spa. This spa can create the perfect birthday party or set up pampering for just one. Packages start at $12.95 and are by appointment only. The spa is closed on Tuesdays. Ooh La La Girly Spa is located at 8380 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 120, Las Vegas, 89117. Call 702.487.5252 to make an appointment. For more info, visit oohlalagirlyspa.com For Your Little Scientist: The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is now The Discovery Children’s Museum which opened in its new home in the spring. Your little one will be having so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning at the same time. With so many different exhibits to choose from ranging from the Eco-room to Water World and The Summit; your child will have hours of learning and play at their fingertips. Admission starts at $12, with an option for memberships. The Discovery Museum is located in the Smith Center at 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, 89106. Hours vary based on the time of year so it is best to check the website at discoverykidslv.org or call 702.382.KIDS. For Your Little Chef: Get ready to get some fresh ingredients for an adventure in your kitchen. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tivoli Village, the Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan market takes over the streets for booth after booth of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and more. My son and I love to head over and pick out the best local fruits to create an amazing fruit salad to beat the heat in the summertime. They often have live music and many fun vendors geared towards kids. Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes to enjoy the refreshing splash pad and play area to cool down before you head home. Tivoli Village is located at 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, 89145


For Your Little Engineer: Located in Boulder City, Nev., about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, is the Nevada Southern Railway. Adults and kids can ride the train every Saturday (with the exception of special events). Children will step back in time and fall in love with trains as they ride in their choice of an openair car or air conditioned/heated Pullman coaches. Kids 3 and under are free, kids 4 through 11 are $5, and adults ride for $10. The Nevada Southern Railway is located at 600 Yucca St., Boulder City, 89006. Call 702.486.5933 for more information or visit nevadasouthern.com For Your Little Fish: If you have had your fill of splash pads, why not check out the new Wet ‘n’ Wild making its grand re-opening this Memorial Day weekend. The park has something for kids of all ages. If your child isn’t ready for the slides and rides, they will love Splash Island. Splash Island, located in the middle of the Colorado Cooler, is an awesome multilevel attraction that spills 300 gallons of water onto eagerly waiting guests below. With more than 10,500 square feet of aquatic adventure, this playground is full of fun and fantasy. Tickets start at $39.99 for general admission; junior admission for guests less than 42 inches is $29.99; senior admission for guests over the age of 65 is $29.99; and children 2 and under will be admitted for free. Parking will cost $5. Wet ‘n’ Wild is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas, 89148. For more information, visit wetnwildlasvegas. com or call 702.979.1600. No matter what kind of adventure you are looking for, you are sure to find something for everyone in your family to enjoy this summer.

Emily Knight is the mother of two young boys and author of the blog called Our Knight Life – Family and Life in Las Vegas where she shares her adventures in family, fitness and all the fun in between. Follow along with her blog at familylifeinlv.com and follow her on Twitter @FamilyNLifeLV. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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r. Alana Saxe of Saxe Orthodontics began her interest in orthodontics with she was 11 years old. Seeing what her orthodontist was able to do to her teeth made her think he was a miracle worker. She truly loves what she gets to do every day. “I have a dynamic career that is both challenging and fun and, I love the ever evolving science and art of orthodontics,” said Dr. Saxe, “I believe orthodontics is an incredible lifelong gift to give your child or yourself, our smile says so much about us.” Dr. Saxe is passionate about her job and cherishes the close relationships she gets to build with her patients. “My patients are the fantastic youth of our community. I get to make beautiful changes to their smiles, and watch them grow up as well. They share with me their report cards, their team trophies or their fashion statements. A shy patient the other day surprised us with a beautiful singing performance that made me well up with tears. There is never a dull moment at the office.” she said. Saxe Orthodontics strives to set themselves apart from other orthodontist offices. One of the things that make them so great is offering a kid-friendly environment. The office plays music and videos that kids can enjoy. They also hold office contests that awards generous prizes. A token reward system is used to compensate kids for good brushing, making timely appointments, not breaking any braces, etc. Using the tokens, kids can redeem them for gift certificates for iTunes, Target, or Game Stop. The boutique style orthodontist office offers a family-friendly environment. “Boutique practices offer personal care and attention that often gets lost in large corporate dental offices that provide care 44

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by multiple orthodontists. We know all of our patients and families by name,” Dr. Saxe said. The highly trained staff at Saxe Orthodontics assists in making each visit a pleasant one. The spacious lounge encourages families to relax while waiting and there are three Xbox games and a video wall available for use. Parents can also sit next to their children and observe procedures in the treatment area. If parents prefer to go next door to the Coffee Bean or get a manicure at the neighboring nail bar during their kid’s appointment, Saxe Orthodontics keeps the patient safe in the office until the parent returns. They also offer a kids club for patient’s siblings that are under the age of 7. There are prizes for them every time they come in as well as activities to keep them occupied. At age seven, kid’s club members become eligible for the growth and guidance program which consists of complimentary hygiene exams and tooth brushing coaching as well as annual consultations with Dr. Saxe to evaluate proper tooth eruption and growth. Saxe Orthodontics goes above and beyond for their patients by offering late office hours for after school appointments and every patient has Dr. Saxe’s personal cell phone number. “We are available to our patients 24/7 for questions or emergency needs. Our patients also get two sets of retainers. I have learned that kids lose their retainers often. I do this in an effort to keep kids out of trouble with their parents. Our office motto is ‘Peace Love Braces’ after all,” Dr. Saxe said. Saxe Orthodontics has fun on Facebook and Twitter. For more information visit saxeortho.com or call 702.541.7070.


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hen Cheryl Fox Toste, an 11-year resident of Las Vegas married in September 2011, she knew she was ready to start a different chapter in her life. Having worked in sales and marketing for over 12 years in the hospitality, staffing and healthcare sectors, she knew that her more than 50-hour workweek would make starting a family nearly impossible. “As a newlywed in my mid-thirties, my priorities definitely started to change,” Toste explained. When one of her long-time friends in California, Kellee Wip, introduced her to Moms Making Six Figures, Toste jumped at the opportunity. Founded almost five years ago in San Diego, the company now has a team of almost 100 women who all work from home. The women come from a variety of backgrounds, from a certified public accountant to a surgeon and even a Cirque de Soleil performer. “The best way to explain Moms Making Six Figures is that we are a group of moms who created a marketing organization to represent one primary company,” said Whip, “I knew that Cheryl was anxious to start a family, and I wanted her to have the same freedom I have had to bring in a substantial income while not taking anything away from raising my two children.” Through Moms Making Six Figures, Toste and Wip meet with interested women to talk to them about the specifics of the business. “A typical workweek can range

from 30-35 hours, but I plan around my kid’s school and sports schedules,” Whip said. “There is no inventory, no party planning, no selling and no risk, but you do need to be self-motivated and have a desire to succeed,” she explained. Both Toste and Wip Cheryl Fox-Toste enjoyed careers in a corporate environment, but hated the hours, the inflexible schedule and the glass ceiling. They are still working hard, but doing it on their terms with no cap on their income. Toste’s priorities changed substantially this January when she gave birth to her first child, a baby girl. “I remember when she turned six weeks,” said Toste, “I had a pit in my stomach thinking about the women who have to leave their children to go back to work. I am so thankful for Moms Making Six Figures, which gives me the flexibility to work when I am able, and I want to be able to share this opportunity with my Las Vegas community.” “Bringing women home to their lives,” is the motto of Moms Making Six Figures and Toste is proud to be living proof of the brand. To learn more about the company, visit momsmakingsixfigures.com.

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Okay, I may have misled you a bit with the title because makeup artist Maria Brandon is in need of anything but cheering up. She has great energy and a wonderful sense of humor. But, she really did need a smile; well, kind of…she needed (and wanted), a smile makeover. Even so, Maria is not a vain person. She happened to need a root canal and was asked a very simple question

during her examination...is there anything about your smile that you don’t like? The question took her by surprise. “Well,” she said, “I really don’t like my gummy smile. Plus, I had a few veneers placed on my

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upper front teeth about ten years ago and now they’re discolored. i even find myself covering or hiding my smile while having close up conversations with clients, friends, and family. Can you do anything about that?” she asked the doctor. She knew it was a silly question. Dr. Saeid mohtashami of all Bright Dental had done a great deal of reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry on her husband before they were married. maria had even seen Dr. mohtashami herself a few times for routine cleanings and exams. But she never really thought too much about the unflattering old veneers until she was asked the question.

want to know what’s going on in their lives: how they’re feeling and what’s important to them. We care about their overall health and wellbeing. “maria is a beautiful lady with important clients that count on her to make them look good,” he continues. “She understands that she needs to look good too. Her new smile gives her potential clients confidence in her not because they’ll notice her dentistry, but because a beautiful smile makes people feel better about someone. of course a terrific smile gives maria greater confidence as well. That’s why she decided she wanted her smile to look its very best and invest in herself.”

fortable and happy. i think the results look fantastic and i receive compliments nearly every single day about my infectious smile. i love it! Thank you Dr. mohtashami.” at all Bright Dental, clients always get one doctor: Dr. mohtashami. There are no part time associates here. He is iV Sedation certified (he also offers other types of oral sedation), is very qualified and experienced in implant, reconstructive, neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. He has placed more than 5,000 porcelain restorations and dental implants for clients near and far. isn’t this the type of dentist you deserve?

“you’d be surprised how many people are a little stumped when we ask what they don’t like about their smile,” says Dr. mohtashami. “People don’t always think about what they want, like, or dislike when visiting a dentist. They’re usually focused on getting through their visit with as little discomfort as possible. We help clients to relax first with some conversation and get to know them. We

“Dr. mohtashami fixed any dental problems i was having first,” says maria. “Then, during another visit he moved forward with some laser gum contouring and placed twelve veneers in my upper smile zone. i have to admit that i’m a big chicken when it comes to dentistry and i opted for the iV sedation. Sedation dentistry is a beautiful thing. What i remember of the procedure is that i was very com-

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Henderson International School Opening minds to all possibilities By Debbie Hall

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he entire staff of the Henderson International School is devoted to its mission of engaging students with a college preparatory experience that goes beyond academics to develop exceptional individuals dedicated to local and global communities. By teaching critical thinking skills, an appreciation of cultural diversity, proficiency in Spanish, enjoyment of music, and participation in various athletic activities; Henderson International School offers a unique environment to equip young people with the perspective to do well and live well. “Spanish is taught starting in preschool through the eighth grade,” said Seth Ahlborn, headmaster of the Henderson International School, “We offer violin from first to third grades as an introduction to playing an instrument. We also have a band program that begins in the fourth grade to the eighth grade.” Ahlborn brought more than 20 years of experience in the field of education before joining the Meritas Family of Schools, which include 10 national and international schools. “It is nice to have a group of headmasters that I can work closely with and a couple times a year we get together formally, which is an exceptional opportunity for sharing ideas,” he said. According to Ahlborn, he is inspired first by his own children, then the thousands of children and parents he has come into contact with during his career. “The curriculum we offer at Henderson International School is very whole-child focused,” said Sharice Lance, managing director, “It does include all of the core subjects like math, reading and science. We also

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have a strong fine arts program, athletics (department) and integrate things into our program such as public speaking. Even at a very young age starting in preschool, students are performing in front of their parents, other kids, friends and family giving them that confidence that children need at a very young age.” Lance began her professional career as an accountant and eventually moved into post-secondary education. She moved to Las Vegas and joined Henderson International School as its managing director two years ago. Students’ growth is accelerated through Henderson International School’s teaching and learning environment with its Personal Learning Plans. Teachers track progress against that plan throughout the year— both informally and through formal testing. Teachers get to know each child’s unique interests, strengths, goals and learning style. Henderson International School also features small class sizes to give teachers more one-on-one time with their students. Each of its teachers is involved in ongoing learning in the Meritas Teachers College with a global enrollment. Teachers collaborate with educators from nine toptier schools around the world to continually expand the curriculum to make certain each student reaches their academic potential. Henderson International School is designed to nurture its students with open attitudes as well as work with children to develop strong character and engage in learning 21st century skills and content as a path to create a successful future. Within this environment, children grow into leaders with a love of learning. Henderson International School is part of the Meritas Family of Schools. For more information, visit hendersonschool.com.


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United Way’s Board Member

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s owner of the largest woman-owned commercial real estate firm in Las Vegas, Cathy Jones, CPA, CCIM, a self-described “outdoor girl,” still finds time for equestrian horse jumping, hiking and quad riding. “I love to jump horses, but I only have so much time in a week to ride,” said Jones. The Ohio native fled to the warmer climate of Las Vegas immediately after her graduation from Ohio State University and has lived in the Valley since 1981. “It was a stop in my life’s adventure,” said Jones, “Now it is home.” Jones is the mother to two successful young adults. Her son, Michael, graduated from Yale University in 2012 in the top one percent of his class and Jones’ daughter, Katie, is finishing her senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A typical day for Jones begins at 4 a.m. with some early morning coffee and then she rolls into the office by 7:30 a.m., where the work is nonstop. “I am a deal junkie,” said Jones, “I love my job!” Jones founded Sun Commercial Real Estate Inc. in 2006. Even through the economic recession, which sent many brokers running for cover, Sun Commercial is flourishing through exceptional customer service and camaraderie that transcends the workplace. “I wanted to create a work environment where professional commercial real estate agents could work hard, learn, share information and have some laughs along the way,” said Jones, “We have that.” Jones began her service on United Way’s 50

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board in 1985, serving in numerous positions including leading the board as chair. “I am a huge fan of United Way,” said Jones, “United Way works towards results based on community assessments and partnerships. It is a great organization.” Along with Judy Kropid, Jones served as founding co-chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, which has now grown to over 100 members. “I feel the women in Las Vegas have a tremendous amount to offer in the way of volunteer time and dollars,” said Jones, “I wanted to help reach out to this group and help organize this effort.” Through the vision of the WLC, the group pioneered Family Engagement Resource Centers to help high school students graduate. “My most memorable experience with WLC has been working with the women and the United Way staff to found the FERCs in five of our area high schools,” Jones said. The FERCs serve more than 3,500 students in grades nine through 12. Teams of community volunteers, school staff and administration deliver services, support and guidance to students who are at risk of not graduating and their families. Jones believes in creating change in the community through a commitment of time and finances. She has been a member of one of United Way’s most generous groups of contributors, the Tocqueville Society, for over 15 years. “I made a decision to become a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society because it is the right thing to do,” said Jones, “I am in a position to give back to our community, which has given so much to me and my family.”

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Roseman University of Health Sciences Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program By Debbie Hall

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ne career that will continue to have a growing demand is nursing, and Roseman University of Health Sciences offers nursing programs to fill that need. Roseman is regionally accredited in Nevada by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and licensed to operate in the State of Nevada by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education. According to healthaffairs.org in an article titled, “The Recent Surge in Nurse Employment: Causes and Implications,” by Peter I. Buerhaus, the U.S. is facing a critical nursing shortage. “Our projections indicate a shortfall of RNs developing around 2018 and growing to about 260,000 by 2025. The magnitude of the 2025 deficit would still be more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.” Forward-thinking Roseman offers the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program for college graduates seeking a new career in health care. “Roseman University’s ABSN program is a wonderful opportunity for those who are looking for a career change and for college graduates who have experienced a change of heart over their first degree. Regardless of how you’ve come to consider nursing as a career choice, if you have a bachelor’s degree, our accelerated nursing program could be a great fit for you,” Dr. Mable Smith, RN, JD, PhD, dean and professor for Roseman’s College of Nursing, explained. The education offered by Roseman is designed for today’s student to complete the program and enter the workforce in 15 months. The accelerated nursing program is based on a hybrid learning model including didactic (theory) coursework primarily online, hands-on skills practice in the campus simulation lab, and clinical experiences in healthcare facilities throughout Southern Nevada. The ABSN site in Las Vegas features a simulation lab where students learn and refine a wide range of nursing skills, from basic fundamentals to sophisticated critical thinking. In the simulation lab, students learn from faculty and practice with peers using the same or similar equipment and supplies found in healthcare facilities. Students apply their theoretical knowledge and competencies in onsite clinical experiences that offer students a real-world view of nursing before graduation. The curriculum includes a preceptor rotation that allows students to work with registered nurses to facilitate the transition from nursing student to entry-level professional nurse. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passing the NCLEX exam is required to receive an RN license and assume entry-level RN positions. The ABSN program is a second-degree program; students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in order to be accepted, though their existing degree need not be related to nursing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2010 median pay for nurses was $64,690 per year and that employment of registered

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nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. According to the study, “Improving Patient Safety: The Link between Nursing and Quality of Care,” there is a connection between baccalaureate-educated nurses and quality of patient care. “Every 10 percent increase in the proportion of a hospital’s nurses holding a bachelor’s degree or higher is associated with a five percent decline in mortality and failure to rescue following common surgical procedures.” Many hospitals are now requiring nurses to have a bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement of employment. This is especially true of hospitals holding a Magnet® designation, which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. However, nursing employment isn’t limited to hospitals. Nurses are in demand in a variety of environments both in and outside of health care, including physicians’ offices, home health care, long-term care facilities, research roles and school systems, among many others. For nurses who pursue advanced degrees, additional opportunities are available. The Roseman College of Nursing admitted its first traditional BSN class in April 2006, after statistical data revealed the need for a baccalaureate nursing program in Nevada. The ABSN program was started by the Roseman College of Nursing in 2010. Roseman follows a block curriculum instead of a traditional quarter or semester format. This means that students take one block at a time, focus intensely on a specific content area and master the content before proceeding to the next block. The ABSN program has three start dates to accommodate incoming students: July, October and February. To arrange a tour, or for more information on the ABSN or other nursing programs offered, visit rosemannursing.com. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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Be Kind… Like Josh The Josh Stevens Foundation makes an impact

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preading kindness throughout the world is the purpose of the Josh Steven’s Foundation. The foundation has set out to remind people that a kind act can go a long way. The Stevens family started the foundation after the tragic loss of their son, Josh. Barbara Stevens, Josh’s mom, explains the inspiration behind the foundation. “When we lost Josh, we were all so sad. Many people came forward with amazing stories of Josh. When you have a child, you as a parent know how special they are, but when a whole community steps up to support and remind you of his unique brand of kindness, you really start to recognize that others knew about his enormous heart as well.” “Josh was always doing something kind for someone else. We believe that when he was kind to others, seeing how it made them feel, it inspired him to pour out more kindness. It was a necessity to him. And when a person would say ‘thank you’ to him, it filled him so full that it would make his day. This is how and why we came up with The Josh Stevens Foundation and the Kindness Card. It’s a simple way to ‘catch’ someone and let them know that their genuine kindness can change the world. Our hope is that people being ‘caught’ will be inspired to be more kind, more often,” she said. Josh had a way of impacting people with his kindness. One of Josh’s best friends described him this way, “Josh was a unique spirit—full of life, with a heart as big as a lion and enough love to share with everyone he encountered.” The Josh Stevens Foundation has partnered with schools, businesses and youth organizations across the nation. Their hope is to spread awareness about The Josh Stevens Foundation and its goal of recognizing and celebrating heartfelt kind acts. They began with Paseo Verde Little League because Josh played baseball with them for six years. As awareness spreads and the Kindness Revolution expands, the program has continued to grow with more than 300 Be Kind schools and youth programs. More and more organizations are embracing their simple message of spreading kindness. The program is simple, when someone is lvwomanmagazine.com | SUMMER 2013

caught being kind they are given a Kindness Card. The Kindness Card explains what the Josh Stevens Foundation is and what it means to be caught being kind. Wrapped around the card is a lime green silicone bracelet that reads, “Be Kind … like Josh.” Organizations participating in the program are also given colorful silicone bracelets with the “Be Kind … like Josh” quote to be handed out so people remember to live kind and encourage others. With this program, children and adults are reminded that people really do appreciate kind actions, even though most times they go unnoticed. “We believe that genuine kindness is born in the heart of a child. A kind act is an action reflecting good nature and wellbeing, without the necessity for recognition. The recognition of the Josh Stevens Foundation Kindness Cards is without expectation and is an unexpected recognition complimented with great celebration,” Barbara Stevens said. During the past four years, the concept of their mission has travelled quickly through word of mouth from friends and supporters. “We have grown exponentially through the surmountable support of the community. Friends of the foundation have unselfishly

donated their time and money to help us spread kindness through the celebration of kind acts. When people hear about Josh they are incredibly motivated to join the kindness revolution. We’re extremely honored to have had so many people reach out to support our mission,” Barbara Stevens said. Josh’s legacy continues through spreading the importance of kindness to the world. “I would trade the Josh Stevens Foundation for Josh’s life any day. However, this is where we are and we believe in Josh’s legacy to encourage children to be more kind. Josh’s kindness lives in every child who decides to be kind,” Barbara Stevens said. To find out more information about the Josh Stevens Foundation, visit joshstevensfoundation.org. Online you can donate to the Foundation and the Kindness Revolution as well as seek volunteer opportunities. They also sell Kindness apparel on the website where all proceeds go to support the Josh Stevens Foundation.


Stay at Home Mom Returns to Work Making sure her family is first priority

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eth Fisher is one working mom who makes sure her family is first priority. During her successful, 13-year career as a local news anchor, Fisher made the decision to take some time off to start her family. “I loved my job, but when I got pregnant with my daughter I wanted so badly to be a stay-at-home mom. I did work for a year (after having her) to finish my contract. When my contract was up, I told management I wanted to leave,” she said. It was not an easy decision for Fisher to make, but she based her decision on what was best for her family. “I was torn between two jobs that I really loved. If I have to choose a job that I can do excellent, that job is motherhood. There are lots of people qualified to be a news anchor but I was the only one qualified to be my daughter’s mom,” she said. She now has two children, a girl and a boy. When their youngest child started preschool, Fisher and her husband began praying about the possibility of her going back to work. She knew the chances were slim since the only job that would fit her schedule would be a morning show. “My daughter is in school and I knew if I couldn’t get a morning show I couldn’t go back to work,” she said. While working as a stay-at-home mom, Fisher kept in touch with Channel 13 KTNV and, when she was ready to go back to work, she was able to land that morning show job she desired. “I honestly am overwhelmed with gratitude, because I get to do what I love. I’m blessed to be working for a company that sees the value of what I’ve been doing for

the last five years,” she said. Fisher makes sure she leaves the newsroom every day at noon, no matter what, and has very firm boundaries regarding work commitments. She made sure to be upfront with her bosses from the beginning explaining that she was not available to work weekends or after noon during the week. “I work very hard when I am here. But I am very careful with those boundaries. When I am off, I am off and my family gets my undivided attention,” said Fisher, “They have been nothing but supportive. I am a really, really lucky woman and I do not take it for granted. I am really thankful that God handpicked this job for me, and I get to do it,” she said. Fisher balances being a mom and working full time with a lot of help and a lot of prayer. “My husband is an amazing man and a super-engaged father. He has definitely picked up a lot more around the house and with the children,” she said. The biggest thing she is learning is to just go easy on herself, “There are days it doesn’t go perfectly and I let my kids down, but I am doing the best I can do and I am trying to just focus on that.” Fisher believes that raising her kids is far more important than any other job she is doing. “At the end of the day, the greatest things I can contribute to this community are two children that love God, love people, have kind hearts, are generous, selfless and care about the world. The legacy you leave is not the job you are doing, it’s the children you are raising,” she said. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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It’s never too early to start on healthy habits that will last a lifetime Creating healthy habits at a young age is essential, especially when it comes to your child’s teeth. Although some may think that the primary teeth are not important, they actually play a vital role in a child’s oral health and development.

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r. Douglas Sanchez at Infinity Dental explains the importance of a child’s primary teeth. “Primary teeth allow a child to chew or masticate food so that children can obtain the proper nutrition he or she needs to grow and develop. Children with dental caries often have pain and infection associated with a carious tooth making the child avoid painful stimuli such as brushing and biting. If infection in a primary tooth goes untreated, damage to the enamel of the permanent tooth that replaces the primary tooth can occur.” Showing your child the proper way to take care of their teeth is as simple as setting a good example. Letting them watch as you brush your teeth allows them to see how it should be done. Dr. Sanchez advises to let the child brush his or her teeth and then follow up afterward by assisting the child brushing. “Brush on a regular basis. It is recommended that children brush with the assistance of a parent twice per day with a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush. Toothpastes containing fluoride should be used with a pea-size amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. Children need adult supervision and assistance until the child can write their name in cursive. It is at this point that most children have the dexterity to brush by themselves,” Dr. Sanchez said. Pacifiers and bottles are a normal part of infancy, but if used for too long it can cause damage to the child’s mouth. Dr. Sanchez suggests that babies be weaned from the bottle by 12 months and from the pacifier by 18-24 months. “Longer periods of non-nutritional sucking can lead to a narrow palate, posterior cross bite or anterior open bite,” he explains. He also warns parents about putting a child to bed with a bottle. “Do not put children to bed with a bottle. When children are placed in bed with a bottle at bedtime, the child has a continuous flow of carbohydrate (sugar) entering his or her mouth. Bacteria eat these sugars and produce acid that demineralizes enamel, or in other words causes cavities.” Dr. Sanchez said. By taking initiative, parents can help their child have a healthy mouth. According to Dr. Sanchez, cavities are 100 percent avoidable and usually begin with diet. “Have your child eat a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates. Items like bread and crackers are high in carbohydrates and also stick to the teeth,” said Dr. Sanchez, “Avoid soda! Soda contains extremely high amounts of sugar, not to mention the soda itself is acidic and erodes enamel.”

Regular visits to the dentist are another important factor in maintaining proper healthcare for your child’s mouth. If your child is afraid of going to the dentist, regular visits allow him or her to become comfortable. Parents can remind their child that the dentist is there to help and also avoid words like “needle” and “yank out teeth,” these words only increase fear. Taking kids to the dentist on a regular basis allows a dental professional to observe and recommend possible areas that are of concern or that are being missed when brushing.

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One Donor’s Point of View By Regina Arnold

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omen who donate their eggs are helping to fulfill another woman’s dream to become a mother and at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, donors are provided the upmost comfort and care. Many donors have had family or friends who have been unable to get pregnant due to infertility and Katie is one of them. “Although I was not able to donate directly to them, I saw the joy and happiness they experienced when they had a donor and were able to conceive. I feel that I was truly blessed to help another family receive the miracle of having a baby,” she explained. Katie was working at an obstetrics and gynecology office when a representative from The Fertility Center of Las Vegas came in to leave information. “We started chatting and she told me about the donor program, which piqued my interest. I did some research on The Fertility Center of Las Vegas and found that they have some of the top doctors in the country. I went in for information and the entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful from start to finish. They made the experience very pleasant,” she said. Another donor, Kylee, was originally interested in donating her eggs for the compensation, but quickly fell in love with being able to give such an amazing gift. “Once I met with one of their (The Fertility Center of Las Vegas) coordinators, and truly learned what I would be doing for someone wanting nothing more than to become a parent, I fell in love with the whole idea. I loved the thought that I would give a woman a chance to grow something so special and do everything as if it were completely natural,” she said. Kylee describes the experience as an honor, “People who resort to needing a donor have been through so much. They typically try every possible thing to get themselves pregnant and wait years until they decide upon a donor,” she said. Not only do donors bless people with being able to conceive, but they also reap the benefits of genetic and chromosome testing for their own reproductive endeavors. First-time donors undergo medical and psychological screening, which often puts their minds at ease. “When my husband and I decided to start our own family, we saved a lot of money because I already had genetic and chromosome testing done,” Katie said. Kylee finds the fertility and hormone level testing to be beneficial, especially for future pregnancies. Katie speaks highly of the team at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. “The entire staff at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, from the doctors to the receptionist, are the most wonderful, kind and caring people ever. They are very considerate and respectful and make you very comfortable by putting you at ease with any concerns you may have. The doctors spend time with you to answer questions and really explain things instead of a quick in and out that leaves you wondering what’s next,” she said. For more information on donating to The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, visit fertilitycenterlv.com lvwomanmagazine.com | SUMMER 2013


Smooth out the rough patches Lemons can turn the scaliest skin smooth with a simple swipe. Cut one lemon in half, rub over elbows, knees and heels for a few seconds and then rinse off. The citric acid removes the dead skin cells on the surface.

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Keep your coffee grounds This is one thing you want to go directly to your thighs. The caffeine-rich coffee grounds are known to smooth out cellulite by drawing water out of the fat cells, making them less noticeable. Apply used coffee grounds in an upward motion, then rinse. For a dimple-fighting scrub, combine one part coffee grounds with two parts olive oil, apply and rinse. Don’t worry; the coffee color will wash away.

Eye light, eye bright Make your eyes look brighter and more hydrated with this mask. Combine one small handful of parsley with two tablespoons of plain yogurt in a food processor. Pulse into a paste and apply to the under eye area. Wait 20 minutes, rinse and enjoy your newly hydrated eyes.

Slow down to slim down It takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full. Keep that in mind before enjoying that second slice of cake.

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Is there an app for this? According to Time. com, 1 in 6 phones are contaminated with fecal matter and your cell phone contains 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. Noticing little breakouts on your face and chin? This could be one reason. Wipe down your smartphone daily with alcohol or other bacteria-fighting wipes.

More than a teaspoon of sugar makes the waistline grow ‌ A can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. Opt for fresh H20 with some fresh fruit for flavor.

That hand has been where? According to the American Society for Microbiology, 90 percent of women wash their hands after using a public restroom whereas 75 percent of men do.

Hello, beautiful A woman spends an average of two years of her lifetime looking at herself in the mirror; a man spends six months.

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ranscendental Meditation, or TM, is one of the most widely researched meditation practices in the world with over 600 published studies, several of which have received funding from the National Institutes of Health in excess of $32 million dollars. The TM technique improves the efficiency and orderliness of a woman’s brain, keeping us more alert, vibrant and astute at any age. Although women are often stereotyped as emotional creatures, neuroscience tells us that a woman’s brain is physically different from a man’s brain: we are actually hardwired to be planners, organizers, decision makers, and creative visionaries. Yet women often feel that due to exhaustion and stress they are not as clear, present or creative as they would like to be. In addition, brain function can be inhibited by certain lifestyle factors, such as drug and alcohol use, poor sleep and diet, or crisis during childhood—in some cases contributing to disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression and chronic anxiety. Brainwaves and Meditation Neuroscientists have found that during Transcendental Meditation practice, the brain produces high-power alpha waves. This distinct brain pattern corresponds to the state of the related inner wakefulness—serenity, expansion and bliss. But that’s not all. The alpha waves become synchronous, rising and falling together. This coherence often spreads throughout the brain and is strongest in the pre-frontal cortex— the seat of your brain’s executive judgment. A Healthier Brain We all need orderly brain function—for everything from running a business to remembering our grocery list to organizing our kid’s play dates. When the brain is more coherent and integrated, all the different parts communicate better; working together better as a whole. This is the basis of improved mental performance—better memory, increased creativity, broader comprehension and sharper focus. Over time, this coherent brain functioning found during Transcendental Meditation practice becomes stabilized even outside of meditation. No other meditation technique has been found to consistently produce alpha coherence throughout the brain. Researchers have found that the experience of “transcending” resets the brain’s natural ground state—restoring neurological balance, inner silence, and clarity of mind. (Cognitive Processing, 11:1, 2010 Focused attention, open monitoring, and automatic self-transcending: Categories of meditations.) With benefits like these it’s no wonder that dynamic women like Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Candy Crowley and Soledad O’Brian all practice TM. Martha Batorski, EdD, Janice Williams, Michael Williams, PhD, and David Hakan are Certified Teachers of TM at the Transcendental Meditation Center, 8360 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 250, Las Vegas. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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Social Media:

The New Headhunter for Job Seekers Reach out while liking, following, posting and engaging on the new (media) frontier

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ou’ve used Facebook daily to check in with far-flung friends from your college days, brag about your kid’s latest academic accomplishments and share way too many photos from your recent trip to Jamaica. So why not use it for something constructive, like finding yourself a job?

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ot only can you turn to Facebook along with Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist, YouTube and other social networking and media sites for assistance during the job-search process, you absolutely should according to Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He authored the 2010 bestselling book “Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future,” and the forthcoming “Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success,” scheduled to be published later this year. These days, Schawbel says, “Everyone is using (social media), everyone should use it, you’re gonna have to use it” in order to secure employment. “Your online identity is everything. If you’re not visible, if people can’t find you, if you don’t specifically tell people who you are, what you do and who you serve … you’re just not going to be able to compete in this economy.” That doesn’t mean that good old-fashioned paper resumes are a thing of the past … yet. “It’s losing relevancy,” he explains, as employers rely more on social networking and media sites to gather information about job candidates. “Your resume depicts what you did in the past. Social networks are your ideas, how do you present yourself. It’s a lot of intangible things that really have an impact.” As for selecting one social networking or media site over another, Schawbel advises, “You’ve gotta use them all. You’ve gotta see what’s going to work for you. It’s really an individual case.” For example, loading your virtual resume onto YouTube may seem like a great idea— as long as you’re comfortable speaking on camera. “Don’t do things because they’re cool or seem unique. Do it because you are the right person to do it, and you believe that it’s going to give you an edge over your competition,” he said. Always keep in mind that the status updates you write, the photos you post and even the “Like” buttons you click, give employers an idea about the type of employee you’ll be and whether you are a good fit for their company. “That’s really important because what companies are looking for (is) someone with social skills, somebody who can fit into the corporate culture and not just do the job,” Schawbel says. While posting family vacation photos to your profile likely won’t damage your online credibility, he explains, items that allude to drugs or alcohol use; focus on race, class and gender issues; or otherwise controversial subjects can “draw negative attention to you” and should be omitted or deleted. Sarah, a graphic designer, carefully screens everything posted on her Facebook page because she knows it can come back to haunt her as she searches online for a position in her field. The 46-year-old found a job nearly three years ago via Craigslist, and is currently searching for a new one. “I was trying to find alternate paths” to employment, she explains of her online search. “I had honestly never been on Craigslist before. … Lo and behold, there was a job posting. I probably had been watching (the site) for a couple of weeks before I saw it” and was hired for the position. At the top of any online job hunters to-do list should be “figuring out ways to create situations where you meet people who work at the companies you want to work for,” Schawbel says.

Instead of searching online for specific jobs, research individuals “who know what jobs are available and can recommend you instead of just applying for a job and hoping you get a response.” Then, “find ways that you can provide value to them to make them more interested in you as a person. That’s what you need to do, and most people don’t.” A good way to make such connections is through LinkedIn. Schawbel insists it is “mandatory” for anyone in the job market to have a profile on the site. “If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, employers might just completely pass you over.” Without such a profile, he says, it lends the impression to employers that “you’re irrelevant. It looks like you don’t know what you’re doing. You’re not able to connect with other people and find information about other people and apply for jobs … so you’re really out of the mix.” Schawbel also recommends accepting each invitation you receive to join others’ LinkedIn networks to build your own network of career contacts. It is vitally important to manage and protect your reputation online. The easiest way to do that is to occasionally search the Internet for your own name. If you’re not happy with the results, Schawbel advises changing them by creating content such as blog entries, writing articles and guest posts on others’ websites. That step “shows that you’re interesting, you’re knowledgeable and you’re somebody that (people) can reach out to for help or to hire you,” he explained. Also, be sure to link the content that you’ve written to your own health online profiles. “You just keep building and building,” says Schawbel, age management “and eventually if someone Googles you, you know what’s gonna come up and you’re proud of it.”

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Competitive Spirit Drives Her Practice and Her Life By Marcia Pledger

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n 2004 Tracy Eglet, managing partner of Eglet Wall Christiansen law firm, sent an early morning email to employees that helped set the stage for turning the start-up into one of the most successful law firms in Nevada. She explained that the goal of the personal injury firm was simple— to be the best in the state. Everyone had to bring their A-game. At a firm that’s best known for multi-million dollar jury verdicts—including several of the largest in the state—Eglet always looks at the big picture. Her approach is threefold: pay attention to detail, empower employees, and surround yourself with the right people. “When you see great people, they have great people around them. It’s never just a solo effort. As a team, we’re up against firms that have anywhere from 30 to 4,000 lawyers,” Eglet said. She determines what members of the firm do really well, and gives them the support they need to perform at their highest level. Like any successful business owner, she never forgets what drives her, helping people with lifealtering situations. Today, she plays a major role in handling some of the most complex injury and wrongful death cases. She handles the majority of large settlement conferences, mediations and settlement negotiations for the firm, spending more than half of her workday reviewing cases and strategizing. Her partners call her the firm’s best negotiator. Eglet agrees it’s her greatest strength.

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She spends long hours trying to keep cases out of court. “My role is to get cases in a position to be settled and then work to settle them,” said Eglet, 46. “If not, we go to trial.” Taking a major case to court can eventually pay, but it’s a costly gamble that can jeopardize a firm’s solvency. Working cash flow is one of the biggest challenges for law firms. Until there’s a settlement no one gets paid, and sometimes cases can take years to play out. The firm partnered in a case against international drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals, which resolved last year midway through their third trial after two substantial verdicts. The verdicts made international headlines and placed the firm on the world stage when a Nevada jury ordered Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc. and Baxter Health Care Corp. to pay $505 million in punitive and compensatory damages in the initial trial, and in the second trial, $182.6 million. “There were a multitude of law firms against us. It took more than four years and it absorbed over half of the firm,” according to Eglet. “I had the responsibility to ensure the firm stayed afloat. Our attorneys did an incredible job, but during those years there were only a few lawyers available to allocate to other cases.” Ross Goodman, an attorney who works about a block away from Eglet at the Goodman Law Group, calls her “multitalented and humble.” For the last 13 years he’s observed her in many settlement discussions, several mediation depositions and court hearings. “She has a way of bringing down the temperature in an often times heated environment so that the lawyers can break through the hostility and obtain the desired results,” Goodman said. She’s just as effective with juries. Goodman said juries tend to like the way she examines witnesses. “You can’t teach it. It’s an art that you either have or don’t have, she is inherently able to elicit testimony that matters to jurors in a way that is clear concise and understandable.” She’s a strategist. Rather than facing the press following a verdict, you’ll find Eglet questioning jurors about their thought process. Eglet is in charge of day-to-day operations at the 45-person firm that she helped start. She’s seen as a motivator and a team-builder. She is also the wife and business partner of top trial attorney Robert Eglet. An avid exerciser and fitness enthusiast, she works out on a whole body vibration machine called the power plate. Each day begins with one of her cold-pressed green drinks, a mixture that includes kale and carrots. Four years ago she came up with a plan to get members of the firm to start eating healthier. She replaced candy-filled bowls with fruit and transformed a refrigerator once stocked with soda, with juice and water. She hired a personal trainer to provide advice and conduct weekly weigh-ins at the office. In just five months, participants collectively lost over 800 pounds. “It wasn’t all about losing weight, it was about embracing a lifestyle change,” said Brittney Glover, a 23-year-old paralegal who came in third with a 60-pound weight loss. Glover, who started working as a file clerk at the firm when she was just 16, said her boss has been such an inspiration that she plans to go to law school and become a personal injury attorney. Glover

“She has a way of bringing down the temperature in an often times heated environment so that the lawyers can break through the hostility and obtain the desired results,” Goodman said. She’s just as effective with juries. Goodman said juries tend to like the way she examines witnesses. “You can’t teach it. It’s an art that you either have or don’t have. She is inherently able to elicit testimony that matters to jurors in a way that is clear concise and understandable.” Ross Goodman, Goodman Law Group said she continually learns life lessons from Eglet. “One of the best things about Tracy is that she’s not afraid to let people grow,” said Glover. The relationship with staff is important to Eglet. Annually the firm goes on a retreat that has also become a gesture of support for local economies; a staycation in Las Vegas during the recession, and New Orleans, following devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Eglet said she never forgets her Buffalo, N.Y. roots. Her father left the family when she was 3 years old. Her mother, Barbara Vaughn, is the first mentor who taught her that where you start doesn’t dictate how you’ll finish. Her mother went back to school to get her Masters in Library Science in an effort to provide a better life for the family. Eglet graduated from high school early and with grants, loans and jobs put herself through college earning a political science degree. In 1992, she graduated with a law degree from Ohio Northern University with plans of landing a job at a major law firm. Instead she entered a tough job market and was forced to hang her shingle with a fledgling one-person firm in Columbus, Ohio. “It was definitely not the plan. I’m a team player and I wanted to work with a team.” After three years of working in general practice, she moved to Las Vegas where she worked at three law firms before launching her own firm, with two partners including her husband. “None of us ever take for granted what we’ve been able to accomplish,” she said. “We understand that just because you’ve become what society deems successful, the goal of the firm is to be the best. I need to make enough to support our staff, but if money is your primary goal you’ll never be great.” Most of the firm’s referrals come from other lawyers and she doesn’t take that vote of confidence lightly. Eglet is well aware of the negative view that many people have of personal injury attorneys, and works to change that perception. Whether it is in the way that she talks to members of a jury or a prospective client, her goal is to try to put them at ease. “We understand that people come to us at a difficult time in their lives. “It’s our responsibility to treat them with compassion, and get the job done.” Photography by Shane O’Neal shaneone.com; Hair by Anthony Viacava, The Salon at Lakeside; Makeup by Makeup by Didi; Jewelry by Ben Gioielli & Co. - Fine & Vintage Jewelry

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Dichotomous Duo By Priya A. Mathew

Jim Rogers & Dawn Gibbons on politics, perception, and programming

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merica was founded on the utopian idea of political freedom. And by virtue of this simple, yet profound affirmation, the written convictions of our Founding Fathers birthed an indefatigable form of human expression: freedom of speech. Consequently, the American press has, since its venerable inception, remained a faithful carrier of this message to the masses of the world. I sat down with media mogul Jim Rogers and Former First Lady of Nevada Dawn Gibbons to discuss the merits of individual expression and how this age old idea can positively contribute to the American political system. Currently, this esteemed dynamic duo can be seen together on KSNV-TV’s My News 3 critically acclaimed political segment, “Dawn & Jim.” The show, which features Rogers and Gibbons engaged in political debate with one another, personifies the very delicate, yet intriguing political discourse that saturates modern-day America. Rogers begins by presenting the Democratic argument to the audience, while Gibbons reacts by taking on a more conservative view. The beauty of the segment lies in the unique tone of its presentation: relaxed setting, stimulating commentary, and intelligent interaction. Given the diverse political population of the country, and of Nevada in general, the show has proven to be a goldmine where demographics are concerned, often attracting viewers from every part of the political spectrum. Accordingly, both “Dawn & Jim” have deserved their welcome into the living rooms of Southern Nevada television audiences, providing the community with an exciting addition to KSNV-TV’s My News 3 roster of nationally recognized political commentators. Priya Mathew: How would you describe the show? Dawn Gibbons: It’s really just a conversation between Jim Rogers and myself where we discuss topics of interest: news, politics, etc. Sometimes we’ll interview guests like Congressman Horsford or Senator Reid. There are times when we have no clue what we want to discuss before sitting down in front of the camera, but Jim will just start talking and the rest falls into place.

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rin Lee Truman is Of Counsel with the Law Firm of Hutchison & Steffen, practicing primarily in civil litigation and serving as head of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. The firm offers a distinct alternative dispute resolution practice, providing advice and representation to clients who desire to resolve disputes through mediation, arbitration, or other alternative dispute resolution processes. Also, the firm counsels clients at the time of contract formation about the merits of various dispute resolution processes and how to achieve the greatest benefits though contract language. Truman attended Brigham Young University as a Trustee Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in business management, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and a degree of Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1991. “I entered the field of law because I worked briefly for an attorney in Arizona as a fill-in receptionist during the summer between my high school graduation and the start of my freshman year of college. I really was interested in the work the attorney did in resolving problems for his clients,” Truman explained. Truman had the opportunity of working during law school as a summer associate with the Las Vegas law firm of Beckley, Singleton, DeLanoy, Jemison & List, Chtd. and gained experience in the areas of insurance law, employment law, tax law, construction law and mass tort litigation. Following law school, Truman practiced with the Las Vegas law firm of Edwards, Hunt, Hale & Hansen, Ltd. representing individuals, corporations, and government entities in actions involving insurance law, construction law, and general civil litigation. As for the depiction of attorneys in the media, “I am often bothered by the unscrupulous behavior of lawyers that is portrayed in television and film. I have been fortunate to work with highly ethical, prepared and professional attorneys in my practice,” Truman said. As for women looking to enter the field of law, Truman admitted, “I never really thought about the distinction of being a ‘woman’ in the law until I began working in a law firm 20 plus years ago. Back in the dark ages, I was very naïve and was genuinely surprised how differently I was treated than my fellow male law clerks. I am grateful for the wonderful women mentors I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from.” She advises, “Find an area of law that you truly enjoy. The law can be a jealous master, so it is imperative to find a niche that continually interests you and gives you the flexibility to have a well-rounded life.” Truman and her husband, Rod, enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. She is active in her church and volunteers her time with several local children’s organizations. “I love children and teens and enjoy working to benefit children’s charities,” she said. “I am grateful for the involvement my family and I have had over the past 15 years (or so) with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada’s Festival of Trees and Lights each holiday season. I am also committed to my involvement with my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I currently serve as the Young Women’s President of the Summerlin Ward and treasure my opportunity to work with our young women, ages 12 through 18.” Truman is also a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Executive Board, Las Vegas Chapter, Women in Law Representative. Her areas of practice include Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law & Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Professional Liability Defense. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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Make Summer a Career Step for Your Teen By Mae Loftus

Helping your teen to get a head start on their career goals

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ummer break is here; a time for students to get a welldeserved rest from school. But in today’s competitive world, taking a break may not be the best way to get ahead.

In the ambitious domain of college admissions, universities like to see students take the initiative to further pursue their academic interests or enhance a skill they truly enjoy. The goal is for the student to pursue their passion, not just participate in activities that they think college admission representatives might deem “impressive.” A summer activity will help a student gain new and meaningful experiences that will lead to self-growth and potentially engender a meaningful career path. 1. Summer Job Having a job will keep a teen engaged, teach responsibility, hone skills and help create a resume. With the current state of our economy, it can also be helpful to the family when a teen earns a paycheck. A job helps instill the value of hard work and teaches financial responsibility. If a teen does not secure a job working for others, it is time to think like an entrepreneur—making money through their own initiative—such as babysitting, dog walking or mowing lawns. 2. College Visit Visiting a college campus can turn into a fun family trip. If the college is far, make a family vacation of it. Or vice versa. Add a college tour to your itinerary. Most admissions departments are designed to give tours at any time, but call ahead just in case. Setting foot on the campus of a college can spark motivation and inspiration to set academic and career goals. Walk across campus and let them see the place where they can take their education to the next level. 3. Career Shadowing What better way to get a real sense of what it is like to be a grownup than to literally follow an adult’s footsteps? It is a great learning experience for any teen to see what their future career path could be like from someone who is already succeeding in that field.

4. Volunteer Doing something meaningful fosters a greater sense of community, work skills and empathy. Facilitate conversation in determining your teen’s interests. Unlike a job where a teen is compensated, volunteering requires that a teen have passion for the project. Getting their friends involved serves as a great motivator. Some suggestions are volunteering at an animal shelter, animal adoption center, assisted living facilities, or food banks. 5. Build a Resume Though very few teens will have a complete and professional resume by the time they graduate high school, documenting pertinent activities will take them one step closer to their career goals. It’s a good time to reflect on the student’s work and achievements. The process will help facilitate a discussion in where they are heading, where they want to go and what support they need in their endeavors. A resume sets the stage for a future career and a lifetime of success. Supporting, guiding and encouraging are the keys to your teen having a successful summer. It’s an excellent opportunity to go through a learning process where there are no books, bells or homework involved, to reflect on their skills and build on them. Mae Loftus has over eight years of experience guiding families and the high school student to prepare for, and get through the competitive, complicated and time consuming college application process. She received a master’s degree in counseling and her pupil personnel services credential. She founded College Set Goal and is working as an independent college counselor. Mae’s blog provides information and opinions about the college application process, career trends and financial aid at: collegesetgoal.com.

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s e l a m e F Fearless By Debbie Hall

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n many ways, it is easy to become a Fearless Female when following a calling. As the saying goes, “You don’t have a job when you love what you do” and this fits our four Fearless Females. One demonstrates a very unique perspective practicing in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology. Another Fearless Female has combined her training with educating those entering the important field of health care. Two sisters, who took very different roads, are now working in the family enterprise, which recently celebrated 50 years in business. Our Fearless Females don’t have jobs; they are living the lives they love.

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Shelly Johnson

Darcy Walker Fitch

Dr. Alexandra Walsh


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Dr. Renee Coffman Educating Future Pharmacists, Other Health Care Professionals

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r. Renee Coffman is the president and co-founder of Roseman University, which offers Colleges of Pharmacy; Nursing and Dental Medicine; an MBA program; and has more than 1,000 students attending. She holds a pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University and her doctorate in industrial and physical pharmacy from Purdue University. Growing up in a small rural community in Ohio, Dr. Coffman credits her family for influencing her two career choices: pharmacist and educator. “I became interested in pharmacy through my great-uncle who owned an old-fashioned pharmacy with a soda fountain. It was a great small-town pharmacy where the pharmacist knew just about everyone, and was someone who people went to not only for their prescriptions, but also someone who listened to people and someone who was trusted for advice about health and medicines,” she said. “(Also) I was always interested in being an educator. My mother was a first-grade teacher for over 20 years and I always enjoyed helping my classmates and teaching others. I’ve always felt a sense of pride in being able to explain difficult concepts and theories in a manner that helps students really understand,” Dr. Coffman said. Roseman University began with the idea from founder Dr. Harry Rosenberg that pharmacy education could be more effective by developing a curriculum (which is still in use today) that rather than semesters or quarters, that is organized into blocks. The single course schedule allows students to focus on each individual topic and also emphasizes active participation in the learning process by incorporating a variety of hands-on activities in addition to the traditional lecture format. According to Dr. Coffman, Dr. Rosenberg is her most influential mentor. “His philosophies on education and his style of management are something I’ve drawn on daily throughout my career in health care education,” she said. In fact, Dr. Rosenberg was such an influence, she married him and said that one of the most important things her husband taught her is that whether it’s a student in a classroom or an employee, no one walks in hoping to fail. “If you’re an educator or if you’re in a position of authority in a work environment, your main focus is really simple—it’s to help that individual succeed. That idea has really crystallized with me and I strive every day to ensure that my students can succeed in the classroom and that people who work for Roseman have opportunity to succeed in their jobs,” she said. As for advice for women entering the work force, Dr. Coffman believes, “Have confidence in your abilities, but don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Have the courage to take action when necessary, but don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you have as much information as possible to make good decisions. Be who you are—don’t feel that you need to reject motherly instincts such as being nurturing and caring to succeed. Being kind, caring and genuine will serve you well whether you’re starting out on the bottom rung or whether you’re the CEO.” Outside of work, she is devoted to her husband and daughter. Most of that time is spent as a soccer mom since her daughter Leili plays on a competitive travelling team, which means practice, private training sessions, games and tournament weekends both in Las Vegas and outof-town. Dr. Coffman believes that Southern Nevada was the perfect place to be able to start a higher education institution focused on the education and training of health care professionals and there will continue to be a need for well-educated health care professionals. Dr. Coffman will continue to educate those professionals and demonstrate why she is a Fearless Female.

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Johnny Walker RV: A Family Affair Females Fearless

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rowing up, Shelly Johnson was introduced to the concepts that she incorporates today as the office manager: a position that requires the ability to multi-task; interact with management, staff, vendors and customers; coordinate schedules; and manage the many day-to-day details. “As a youngster I spent time at the dealership doing odd jobs that dad would find for us,” said Johnson, “From a young age he wanted us to understand the value of hard work. Of course, I loved RVs, camping and the great times we had as a family centered on the business.” While her brother and sister joined the family business right out of high school, Johnson began working at Kentucky Fried Chicken starting at age 16 and continued a 10-year career with the company advancing through its management program to become a district training instructor. In fact, the company paid for her tuition while she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management. When Johnson turned 30, she returned to the family business and took over the position held by the previous office manager who was retiring after 27 years. “Veda was an incredible mentor, coach and friend not only to me, but to my entire family,” she said. Many people have influenced her including her Uncle Bill, “a source of inspiration to my family,” and especially “my parents (who) were both amazing role models; my dad really influenced me in regards to my professional life. He is a very giving person who approaches life and business with a very common sense approach. He has shown my brother, sister and I how to run a business successfully while ensuring all of our employees are treated in a fair and respectful manner.” Johnson explained. “We were truly a family that worked hard and played hard together. Although my mom was a stay-at-home mom, she worked hard at keeping our family running. She had an amazing can-do attitude. She was the household plumber, electrician, gardener, etc. She definitely instilled that attitude in both my sister and I,” she said. In return, Johnson has mentored her nephew, Michael, who recently graduated from college in San Diego and joined the family business. She has also been helping a family friend’s daughter achieve her athletic goals by working as a running trainer with the girl becoming a very accomplished triathlete at age 15. Johnson and her son, along with the business, have been involved with DJs for PJs since its inception. Johnson also volunteers at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. As for advice for other women starting their careers, Johnson recommends, “I would encourage them to work hard. I truly believe that with hard work and a great attitude you can go far. The women I know who are most successful are open-minded and have the willingness to try new things. If you are able, continue your education. Even if college isn’t in the cards, you can always take courses that make you more valuable to potential employers.” Johnson enjoys living in Las Vegas for the outdoor opportunities to golf, ride bikes and RVing. As Johnson said, “Whether to a sporting event for your child’s team, a major cross country trip, or just a weekend stay on a local hot spot, RVing is unlike any other type of vacation.” Blending family and business, Johnson demonstrates a Fearless Female can have it all.


Two sisters come together as RV business achieves a milestone

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Darcy WalkerFitch

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arcy Walker-Fitch grew up living the RV lifestyle as her family business and for recreational time. Today she is the vice president of Johnny Walker RV, but she definitely had to work her way up. “We lived close to the dealerships; I could ride my bike over to the lot and clean and wash trailers to earn money when I was 12 to 13 years old, so I guess that was the start of my entrance into the family business,” explained Walker-Fitch, “Actually all three of us kids would do little things at the dealership from the time we could walk. Dad would pay us to pick up trash around the dealerships and stamp brochures. We seldom went downtown and my parents didn’t gamble or live the Las Vegas lifestyle.” After briefly attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Walker-Fitch tried RV sales and knew it was her calling. She started at the dealership on Tropicana and Boulder Highway, and in 1986 started managing the sales department. With very few women working in the RV industry in the 1980s, Walker-Fitch credits two people for their guidance as she broke new ground in Las Vegas. First, there was her father. “My dad was absolutely my mentor. All I can say is he is just the best. He has instilled the values in me that have helped in every aspect of my life. He taught me sales and business skills that I could never have learned in a college,” she said. Second, there was her former manager Ferrell Ireland, “(who) was my parents’ best friend. She took me under her wing and really showed me the ropes from a woman’s perspective in a man’s world. Unfortunately she lost her life to cancer in June 1986, and I ended up taking her position as sales manager. Because of her and my Dad, it was the start to an awesome career,” WalkerFitch said. Walker-Fitch would advise anyone wanting to enter the RV sales field, “to learn as much as you can about the RV products and be as knowledgeable as you can be. There are still so many more men involved in the industry, that if you know your product and business you will succeed. I have hired more female sales gals lately and they are actually some of my top producers. People seem to trust them. “I actually try and mentor many of the people I hire. My sisterin-law came to work for me a few years back and I must say she has probably learned the most. When I hear her with customers it’s as if I would have said the same things. She is the top salesperson at the RV Center (Flamingo) location,” she said. With the passing of her husband in 2007, Walker-Fitch is raising two teenage boys on her own. As a family, they enjoy camping, motorcycling and snowboarding. As part of the company, she also supports DJs for PJs, which collects new pajamas that are donated to 20 charities benefiting abused and neglected children. Walker-Fitch loves living in Las Vegas. “I have traveled all over the United States and overseas, and I can say in my opinion there is no better place to live,” she said. As for her career, according to Walker-Fitch, “The RV business is such a fun business. We have some of the most fun-loving customers that you could ever ask for, and it’s nice to say that many of my customers are now great friends of mine.” As a big part of Las Vegas, Walker-Fitch truly embodies a Fearless Female. SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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r. Alexandra Walsh has answered a very special call in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology. As to why, Dr. Walsh explains, “I initially intended to be a plastic surgeon, but after a health scare, I realized that I wanted to make a genuine impact during my career and switched specialties. Although this transition was difficult at the time, I ended up finding the perfect specialty for me.” Dr. Walsh also admits that, “Not everyone can be a pediatric blood and cancer specialist, but I love the intensity of it. You get so close to the patients and their families and have a real impact on a child’s life. I am passionate about supporting families though the difficult times, and it is that closeness that helps me during some of the tougher moments.” Dr. Walsh received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the Ohio State College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and her fellowship in pediatric hematology/ oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While completing her fellowship, she also received a master’s in Public Health. Dr. Walsh is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric hematology/oncology. During her fellowship, she developed an interest in health care disparities and published several papers on the topic. In addition, she was recently nominated to the Young Investigator’s committee of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She credits both of her grandmothers for their influence on her life; teaching her to never give up, and to find joy in everyday experiences. As for other women entering her profession, she advises, “I think medicine, especially pediatrics, is a great career for women. Women tend to have more compassion and empathy than men, not to mention patience. And after we have our own children, we develop an even stronger connection with our patients and their parents,” Dr. Walsh said. As for achieving balance, we all wish to achieve, her advice is pretty straightforward, “Find a strong life partner who believes in you. I would not be where I am today without my husband’s constant support and encouragement (not to mention help with childcare and housekeeping).” According to Dr. Walsh, along with her practice, one of the most enjoyable parts of her job is working with medical students from Touro University and residents from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She developed a curriculum for the students, and is currently working on quality improvement projects and case reports with some of the pediatric residents. She also works closely with many organizations that help children with cancer and blood disorders including Candlelighters Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Hemophilia Foundation. “My colleagues and I at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada participate in many 5k fundraisers, decorate a room for a Halloween event and participate at camps whenever possible,” she said. Dr. Walsh lives with her two children and husband and, at the time of this article, was pregnant with their third child due in May. Even with the many demands on her time, Dr. Walsh established Nevada’s first Long-Term Survivor Clinic for childhood cancer patients who are now done with their treatments. “We give patients a summary of their past treatments as well as information about what tests they should schedule and when, so they stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The clinic is multidisciplinary and enables families to meet with social workers, education specialists and complementary medicine experts.” Dr. Walsh demonstrates that a Fearless Female can help the most helpless: sick children.


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Local Ladies

Achievement. Motivation. Growth.

Compiled by Debbie Hall

Ashley Varndell, Ms. Wheelchair Nevada Ms. Wheelchair Nevada, a division of the Ms. Wheelchair America program, holds a pageant to select spokeswomen to represent persons with disabilities in the state of Nevada and at the national level. Ashley Varndell was crowned 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Nevada. She lives independently and works at Home Depot as a sales associate with a bronze-level award for customer service excellence. Varndell’s disability is degenerative and she started using a wheelchair two years ago. She plays on wheelchair basketball team and participated in an adapted surfing program called Life Rolls ON! Cheyenne Leonard, a 17-year-old senior at Arbor View High School, was crowned as the first 2013 Miss Teen Wheelchair Nevada. This is an honorary title given to a dynamic young lady in the community who has a disability. As part of the Ms. Wheelchair Nevada Advocacy Organization, it is a great way to foster relationships with young women who utilize wheelchairs in Nevada.

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Jan Baird is the director of sales and marketing at The Platinum Hotel and Spa. Previously she was the director of sales and marketing at Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas/ Henderson and has worked in many different areas in hospitality, including front office and concierge at the former Westin in New Orleans. Baird implements the newest hospitality trends along with maintaining optimal customer service.

Las Vegas region. Since joining in July 2012, Monson has been involved in the publicity efforts of the opening of the Bacchanal Buffet, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, BurGR and Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace. Monson formerly worked for the Charlie Palmer Group where she assisted with sales activities for 13 national restaurant properties.

As pastry chef of The Cooking Experience by Mise En Place, Chef Colleen Conlon is responsible for the fun and interactive children���s baking class, Le Petit. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Chef Conlon made a decision to follow her culinary dream of cooking and applied to The Mansion on Turtle Creek Resort and worked up to becoming a pastry chef. She’s held executive positions at top restaurants including N9NE Steakhouse, NOVE and STACK.

VIRGEN Inc., a full-service strategic marketing, public relations and creative arts firm, has recognized their all-female executive department.

Solveig Raftery is celebrating the 20th year of her company The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, providing a high-level strategic approach to public relations and marketing in the specialized practice areas of travel and tourism, health care, luxury and retail. As president and CEO, she is involved in devising strategy and developing creative ideas for the company’s clients. She is responsible for The Firm’s growth and new business development while working closely with the executive team. Michelle Monson is a public relations coordinator at Caesars Entertainment where she oversees dining public relations initiatives for eight properties within the

Vice President of Communications/ Research Analyst Maurella Bell (single image) is responsible for guiding daily operations for several VIRGEN departments as well as the research, analysis and implementation of strategic marketing and media plans. Associate Creative Director Nicole Christian oversees broadcast production and casting tasks, collaborates with the art team on all aspects of a project, and interacts with the client to ensure brand identity and messaging are maintained. Director of Accounts Dawn Arbelaez directs the agency in the development and delivery of account solutions and fully integrated marketing campaigns. Public Relations Director Alejandra Gilbert directs all strategic campaigns for VIRGEN’s public relations department. Media Director Jamie Delaney oversees the media department while also responsible for managing and negotiating the client’s media buying and planning needs.


Las Vegas native, founding partner and COO, Bri Steck brings experience and creativity to Night School 4 Girls at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. Steck wanted to stress the importance of inner-confidence, which is what the class represents. Steck is also a business partner with Hudson News Group at McCarran Airport. Previously, she worked with the top nightlife and entertainment groups on the Strip. Steck studied marketing and entertainment at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Susan Curry, XYIENCE’s vice president of operations, is responsible for creating Xenergy energy drink’s flavors formulating XYIENCE’s new line of noncarbonated beverages: Xenergy + Hydration, + Tea, and + Lemonade. All three are available in two flavors and have received great reviews by beverage industry insiders. The new drinks are available now at grocery and convenience stores. Pam Washington is the founder of A-1 Janitorial Services, a commercial cleaning company celebrating 20 years of award winning performance in the Las Vegas Valley and recently honored with an OYA award by the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association. She is also the author of “Cleaning Business Success; Everything from A to Z,” available in paperback and on Amazon. She’s also CEO of Build My Cleaning Business, a consulting firm for the commercial cleaning industry. United Way of Southern Nevada has hired Patrice Ross as Chief Human Resources Officer and Chris Cappas as Senior Director for the Volunteer Center. With more than 15 years of professional experience, Ross has developed an extensive background involving human resources and business experience in a variety of industries such as governmentcontracted security, convention/trade show industry, manufacturing, retail and temporary staffing. She has served as President of Southern Nevada Human Resources Association and currently serves as an officer of SNHRA as

Immediate Past President. In 2012, Ross was honored by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada by being inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame. Cappas has worked in human resources operations for the gaming industry for the past 15 years and has more than 20 years of leadership positions in retail, manufacturing, airlines and gaming. She ran the largest employment center in Las Vegas and managed operations for recruitment and training for more than 6,000 new employees annually at Caesars Entertainment. In 2011, Cappas was awarded the Bank of America Local Hero Award and Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist. Tara Popova practices immigration law with an emphasis on employment and investment-based immigration at the law firm of Marquis Aurbach and Coffing. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She was awarded the State Bar of Nevada Professional Development Fellowship and the Outstanding Student in Mediation Community Service Award. Popova holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and management from the Amsterdam School of Business in the Netherlands. Lauren Anderson is the CEO of Young Black Minds LLC Motivational Speakers Bureau. As a sociological writer, political commentator, motivator, entrepreneur, poet, and human resources professional; she sought out human resources including friends and associates she encountered through institutions, entertainment, and networking. The mission of Young Black Minds LLC is to inspire young people to live beyond their dreams by providing motivational speaking and inspirational entertainment. It is based out of Las Vegas but operates nationally offering a multicultural message. America’s Matchmaker Patti Novak has opened her first west coast office in Las Vegas. A professional matchmaker, dating coach, author, advice columnist, radio host and relationship

expert; Novak starred in the A&E series “Confessions of a Matchmaker.” Novak has appeared on CNN, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” the “Today” show and “The Early Show.” Novak is also the author of “Get Over Yourself: How to Get Real, Get Serious and Get Ready to Find True Love.” Wendy Kraft and Laura Sussman, principles of Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services, established this woman-owned and -operated funeral home in 2009 as an alternative to the growing number of publicly traded, corporate funeral home and cremation chains in Southern Nevada. Now into their fourth year, Kraft and Sussman have provided funeral services, memorial services, cremations, burials, global transfers and advance planning for hundreds of individuals and has become one of the top rated funeral homes in Southern Nevada.

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Girl Scouts of Southern and Sierra Nevada conducted the Presentation of the Colors for the opening day of the 77th session of the Legislature in Carson City on Feb. 4. It was the first time in history that Girl Scouts presented the Colors for the opening of the Nevada Legislature. Vegas PBS announced that Jami Miller has been appointed workforce training and economic development coordinator for the television station. In her new position, Miller will assist the workforce training and economic development division of Vegas PBS in promoting and implementing its online workforce training programs offered through Vegas Virtual Online Education, among individuals, educators, government entities, nonprofits and businesses. Vegas Virtual Online Education offers affordable online education opportunities designed for entry, certification and advancement in the workplace. Joanne Codi is the program director and sales manager for “Rock Star for a Day” at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. She sells and produces the rock star experience SUMMER 2013 | lvwomanmagazine.com

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where clients come to the studios and jam with legendary rock musicians. With over 30 years in the music business, Codi has worked as a concert promoter, booking agent and band manager. She has also worked as an independent music producer and TV game show host and producer. Andrea Behrens, vice president of Nevada Association Services, Inc. - a collections agency for community associations, has been named cochair of the membership committee for the Community Association Institute’s Nevada Chapter for 2013. She also serves on the education committee for CAI-Nevada. Behrens joined Nevada Association Services, Inc. in 2004 and is responsible for business development, advertising, community relations, marketing, public relations and sales. Behrens represents Nevada Association Services, Inc. at industry events and homeowners associations’ meetings. Armstrong Teasdale welcomes Michelle Alarie to its Las Vegas office as an associate in the litigation practice group. Alarie provides counsel in complex commercial matters and focuses on banking, bad faith insurance and coverage litigation, bankruptcy and criminal law. Alarie earned her Juris Doctorate from William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also a member of the State Bar of Nevada. Lana Layne, the pen name of Michigan-born and Ohio-bred Lisa Jackson who worked as a reporter for The Detroit News and Youngstown Vindicator, has published the fictional novel, “The Accidental Groupie.” Jackson befriended her guitar hero in 1995 after interviewing him and her book is based on her experiences with the legendary guitarist and band.

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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has hired Maria Jose Norero as its marketing director. Norero will direct LVSSR’s sales initiative, develop and manage marketing partnerships, and oversee special events, advertising, social media and public relations. Norero, who grew up in Las Vegas, earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. Fluent in Spanish, she also participated in international honors programs abroad and was awarded a grant from the Fulbright Commission to study race relations in Ecuador. Project 150, a local organization dedicated to helping homeless and displaced students at 15 high schools in southern Nevada, appointed Meli Pulido as executive director. Pulido brings a wealth of experience working with volunteers and charities in addition to 25 years of human resources experience from the city of Las Vegas. In her capacity as executive director, Pulido is responsible for the daily operations of Project 150, increasing sponsorships and engaging volunteers. Artist and animator Kim Cohn manages the Bally Technologies game studios as director of game development and is one of only a few women in the gaming industry to work in the game development side of the business. She was responsible for developing the popular slot machines, Grease and Cash Wizard, which are on slot machine floors throughout the Las Vegas Valley. A former technical director for Walt Disney, Kim joined gaming manufacturer Bally Technologies in 2002 as an associate art director. City of the World - a nonprofit art organization, is working to create Artz To Go summer program. The program would be designed to include buses driven to various sites in Clark County with teachers and supplies to allow families to participate and create art or music at no charge. City of the World

currently offers a gallery for local artists, art classes and a place for events in the revitalized 18b Arts District. SK+G Advertising has announced promotions in the media and public relations divisions of the marketing communications agency. Kristen Kobus has been promoted to media planner/buyer. Kobus evaluates and recommends media opportunities to clients, as well as negotiates schedules, costs and added value with media vendors. She performs post-buy analysis and monitors trends and developments in the media industry. Kayee Dredla has been promoted to media supervisor. Dredla oversees clients’ media schedules, and determines overall media strategy and placement. She handles media schedules for the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, The Grand Del Mar and Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa accounts. Nikole Reid has been promoted to public relations assistant account executive. She has been with the agency for two years, working her way up from intern to coordinator prior to this promotion. In her new role, Reid provides support to senior staff on all accounts and is directly involved in campaign execution. She is also responsible for monitoring and compiling media coverage for all clients, as well as managing agency and client social media feeds. Nevada Women’s Philanthropy has named Nazanin Ford president. Ford has served the organization as the education and events chair, which oversees the annual grant celebration, education salon and member events. She has also served on the grant screening committee for four years. Most recently she served as vice president for the 2012 grant cycle, which ended in early November 2012 with a $350,000 grant to Goodwill of Southern Nevada for the Veterans Integration Program.


Angela Edgeworth has launched a women’s footwear named after her husband, Brian James, offering stylish yet comfortable shoes for the modern woman. Edgeworth founded pediped footwear in 2004 when she could not find a shoe that was both stylish and good for her newborn daughter’s developing feet. Under Edgeworth’s vision, pediped has become one of the largest and fastest growing children’s shoe brands in the country, winning more than 15 industry awards for its product design and quality. Dr. Nik F. Abdul Rashid is one of a few pediatric hematologist oncologists in the state and has treated patients at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada since 2005. A strong advocate for ensuring children with cancer receive the educational resources they need, Dr. Rashid volunteers with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation as an educational facilitator, hosting workshops and giving lectures. Dr. Rashid is a member of the Nevada Cancer Research Foundation Community Clinical Oncology Program as a co-investigator for clinical trials available through the Children’s Oncology Group. Dr. Rashid is also an adjunct faculty member at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Amy Ayoub, a Las Vegasbased public speaking and presentation skills coach, has been appointed to the national Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Her appointment was made by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada), and approved by Congressional Record on March 7. Governor Kenny Guinn selected Ayoub as the first female to serve on the Nevada Athletic Commission in 1999. Las Vegas’ Centennial Committee named Ayoub one of the women responsible for shaping the city during its first 100 years of growth.

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Taylor Makakoa Taylor Makakoa is one of the featured performers in “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” at the Mirage and, unlike many of her co-stars, she is a beautiful and talented flesh-and-blood woman with quite the resume who also happens to be married to Terry Fator. Originating from the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Makakoa’s career has already taken her around the world before establishing herself in Las Vegas. Only in her early 20s, Makakoa’s modeling work includes Maxim, Vogue, Fredricks of Hollywood and CitiBank. A trained dancer, Makakoa performed the “Mele Kalikimaka” in the holiday show, as well as the “Tahitian” during the regular show and there are plans to add a Hawaiian puppet as a “partner” while Makakoa dances the hula. She is open to other opportunities but admits, “Right now my plate is full with the show, school and my work with

Heaven Can Wait. I am the spokesperson for Heaven Can Wait, so there are many cases where I am speaking on camera. I have done other hosting gigs as well. I would love to do more in the future. “I have a degree in nutrition science, and I am working on a degree is social science. I have plans to continue my education further, so I can be more helpful to charities like Heaven Can Wait. It is really hard to make plans for the future because life happens and everything changes.” As for now, she enjoys appearing on stage “because it is exciting and live, and I enjoy modeling because it is what I love to do.” For more information on Heaven Can Wait, visit hcws.org. “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment” at the Mirage show dates are Monday through Thursday and select Fridays. For more info, visit terryfator.com.

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In the City The 8th annual Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Awards was held March 29 at The Monte Carlo Hotel & Resort recognizing individuals who have achieved excellence in her chosen profession, given back to the community in a meaningful way and assisted women in realizing their full potential. The 2013 Women’s Hall of Fame Young Professional Leadership inductees included Tammy Shaw, president and CEO, Las Vegas Woman Magazine. Photos by Camilla Sjodin

Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District joined the Rape Crisis Center in marking April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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In the City The 4th Annual Artfully Sweet event was held March 29 at an exclusive residence in Southern Highlands hosted

by Gavin Ernstone of Simply Vegas benefitting Southern Nevada Children First. Desserts and pastries from Rolling in Dough Bakery, Leopold’s Cakery and Vosges Chocolate were offered along with artwork from international and local artists, live performances, and a silent auction. Southern Nevada Children First is a nonprofit organization created to mentor, educate and train homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth, and young adults.

Photos by Joe Buda

Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery hosted Best Face Forward: Understanding the Influence of Image on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Dr. Jeannie Khavkin, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin

Alexia Vernon, Dr. Jeannie Khavkin, Lindsey Bernay

Dr. Jeannie Khavkin, Dr. Olya Banchik

The event, co-sponsored by Rob Jensen Company and Square Colour Salon + Spa, included discussions lead by three local image experts: Dr. Jeannie Khavkin, principal, Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery; Alexia Vernon, noted author, career coach and creator of “Step Into Your Moxie;” and Lindsey Bernay, image consultant and personal shopper, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas.

Ashley Daley, Erica Sitzer, Celina Chamberlain, Chita Beseau, Barb Garcia-Grove, Natalia Yeghiazarian, Audra King, Elena Machin, Angela Manzo

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In the City United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council hosted its Annual Luncheon Fashion Show at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m. The event highlighted WLC’s total investment to the community in 2012-13 and recognized female community leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to improving southern Nevada.

Models:  Janelle Mazza, Deb Mele-Blanchard, Tammy Shaw and Cindy Brinker

Judy Kropid, 2012 Honoree for Volunteerism and Ruby Collins, 2012 Commitment to Education Honoree with 2013 Commitment to Education Honoree, Gina B. Polovina, Vice President of Government Affairs, Boyd Gaming Corporation

Luncheon Fashion Show model Abbie Friedman

WLC Luncheon Fashion Show models from LEFT to RIGHT: Shannon Petersen, Shauna Khorrami, Deb Mele-Blanchard, Tammy Shaw, Janelle Mazza, Nancy Reel, Jessica Sparon-Orosco, Erin Matthews, Amanda Fulkerson, Krista Darnold, Rene Garcia, Abbie Friedman, Brenda Shank, Cindy Brinker

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New Vista is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping adults and youth with intellectual challenges. We provide an array of programs to individuals and their loved ones that create equal opportunities and support so that they may experience life to the fullest.

The objective of all our programs is to build self-sufficiency by teaching life-skills that promote independence, confidence and self-advocacy. New Vista focuses on providing individuals with the choice of how they will experience their life.

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mars vs. venus By Rev. Thabiti

We will prevail - Here’s why

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et’s take this moment to pause and acknowledge the presence of the greater reality moving all of the planets in perfect order. We now activate within us a thankful response to this generous giver and provider of all things. We now shift our attention to the stillness and the silence underlying everything and return to that quiet place at the center of our being to relax and rest in thee. After the farmer plants the seed, the greater reality takes over and does all of the things the farmer is unable to do. The greater reality is determining where or deciding where the stems and leaves will go, what color, shape, design and size each leaf will have and how long the process will take. This analogy could lead us to an improved understanding of the nature of Mother Nature. The first conclusion we can take from the farmer analogy is that nature has ability and power that exceeds all people. Second, we know that nature is abundant and gener-

ous and provides more air than we can breathe, more water than we can drink and more food than we can eat. Third, we know that nature is always cleaning and this is why it rains, why the wind blows and why the rivers run. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Fourth, we know that nature is always perfectly punctual proving why the sunrise is never late. Fifth, we know that nature cannot and will not violate her own laws because she is the highest integrity in the Universe and why we can count on things to always work in our favor every time we apply or adhere to nature’s rules. The absolute universal truth is what unifies science and religion. Therefore, the ultimate reality of our existence is we are either standing with the truth or we will have to face the truth. The truth is the key that grants access to the almighty power governing the highest laws of nature. Therefore we are safe, protected, healed, renewed, provided for, loved and supported by a divine and miraculous greater reality and this is why we will always prevail.

Reverend Thabiti is an inspirational newspaper and magazine columnist best known for producing inspirational messages written and spoken in universal all inclusive language. He is the author of the book ‘All About You’ and inventor of the world’s first Personal Time-Map System. He is also the CEO at ThePower. com and Executive Director at ThePower.org.

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Dear Dao

Dao Vu answers your most interesting, intimate and out-there questions about love, life and everything in between

Dear Dao, What three things should you never ask a woman? Louie Anderson, Comedian Dear Louie, The three things you should never ask a woman are: 1. Her age and weight. 2. Is this the best sex you’ve ever had? 3. Is it okay to go Dutch? Age and weight are a sensitive issue for many people. Unless you are her doctor and giving her an exam, I wouldn’t ask her. Let her bring it up if she wants to, otherwise you may come across as rude or nosy. It’s fine to ask a kid how old they are, it’s not okay to ask an adult.   You don’t ever want to ask a woman if you are the best she’s ever had because you may not like the answer. She will tell you if you are the best. Otherwise be prepared for the truth and hurt feelings.   If you ask a woman to go Dutch, you may give off a bad first impression. Even though this is the new millennium and woman are far more independent, simply paying for the first date is a chivalrous gesture.

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Walk us through a typical day in your shoes?

I wake up around 6:45 a.m.; go down stairs to get my sons’ lunch ready for school while my wife gets them dressed. Micah always comes down first and I say, “Good morning” (to him). Sometimes he says it right away, other times it takes awhile, depending on his mood. He has autism so it’s different every day. I drive my kids to school. Get back home, have a moment to talk to my wife about the day before I head off to go boxing. Have phone calls with my manager about current Boyz II Men events, have a discussion with my web designer concerning my website for my nonprofit called micahsvoice.com. After that, it’s just me spending time with my kids before I head off on another road trip. (Shawn)

Growing up, what did you aspire to be? I wanted to be a pro football player but my mom forced me to do music. (Nate)

Have you ever purchase any As Seen on TV Items? Never, LOL! But I might buy the watch that Barack Obama wears. Does that count? (Shawn)

If you could destroy any grade-school photo of yourself, what year would it be and why? It would be my high school photo. Let’s just say I didn’t get the haircut I wanted, LOL! Sheesh! (Shawn)

I love to watch funny clips on YouTube. I like watching stupid stuff that my other group members don’t think is funny. I’m also an avid comic book lover! “Thor” is my favorite. (Shawn)

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Do you ever play “tourist” in Vegas? If so, what is your favorite thing to do? I do. My family and I just went to see the Bodies and Titanic exhibits; a bit daunting, but educational. I’ll also play night tourist and hit a few clubs when I have some time off. (Shawn)

What do you do to unwind and relax? I go home and figure out what home project I can get into next. (Nate)

When a fan comes up to you, what is the most common thing you hear? Is it maybe a song line or title? Or something about being from the same area? The most common thing is, “I’ve had so much sex and made kids to your music.” (Wanya)

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If we were to look through your iPod (or phone) what is on your top hit list or playlist or favorite app? My audio Bible is my top. Top music changes from week to week. Slingbox, Dropbox and line2 are my app faves. (Nate)

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What is your favorite guilty pleasure when it comes to free time, TV shows or shopping? Or maybe there is no guilt in it, just your favorite pleasure.

If you could destroy any photo of yourself, what year would it be and why? A 1989 picture of Boyz II Men on the stairs of an old manager’s house. (Wanya)



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